The reopened investigation into the death of movie star Natalie Wood has turned up no new information that indicates foul play was involved, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official told the Los Angeles Times.
William McSweeny, the department’s chief of detectives, told the Times that “nothing has been discovered“ that implies Wood’s 1981 death wasn’t an accident.
Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told the New York Daily News, “There's nothing compelling at this time to change the accidental designation, but they're still closing out leads. It's still active and ongoing.”
Wood drowned 30 years ago after police say she fell off a yacht she was on with husband, actor Robert Wagner, and co-star Christopher Walken. The “West Side Story” actress’s death was ultimately ruled an accident, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theories from proliferating ever since.
The investigation was reopened in November after sheriff's officials said people with “additional information” had stepped forward.
At the same time, Dennis Davern, the yacht’s captain who co-authored a book about Wood’s death, gave interviews to the “Today” show and other outlets to say he lied on the original police report and had doubts that Wood’s death was an accident.
Wagner said in a statement he fully supported the new investigation and hoped the information came “from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of [his wife’s] tragic death.” Police said he was never a suspect in the new investigation.