Authorities to reflect some of the lingering questions and uncertainties that surround the drowning of the actress over 30 years ago off the coast of California changed the death certificate for the late actress Natalie Wood.
The certificate was amended in early August to shift the death of the actress from accidental drowning to one of drowning and other factors undetermined.
The document also states now that circumstances of how the actress ended up in the water off the coast of Catalina Island in 1981 have not been clearly established. The amendments took place nine months after investigators from the sheriff’s homicide unit renewed inquires into the death of Wood before the 30th anniversary of her death last November.
William McSweeney the Chief of Detectives said the amendments were made on the certificate by a decision from the coroner’s office. The coroner’s office had been instructed by homicide detectives not to talk about the case.
McSweeney said there was still work that had to be done on the case, but it did not mean a major change in the case was imminent. He said, cases like this one are not closed, but have inactive and active periods and an active period is nearing its end.
Versions of how Wood died have dogged the case for 30 years. She and her husband, actor Robert Wagner were sharing the yacht with friend Christopher Walken during the Thanksgiving weekend of 1981 when she died. Authorities have said all along that they did not consider Wagner to be a suspect.