Crime

Natalie Wood Death Certificate Changed to Undetermined

| by Michael Allen

In 1981, actress Natalie Wood died in the sea near Catalina Island. Her death was ruled as an accident at the time, but police are still continuing the investigation over 30 years later (video below).

According to TMZ.com, the cause of death listed on Wood's death certificate has been changed from “Accident” to “Undetermined." In June, the Los Angeles County coroner filed documents to make the change.

Last year, the LAPD reopened the case after the captain, Dennis Davern, of the boat, which Wood was on with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken, wrote a tell-all book, claiming that Wood may have been murdered. Wood's sister Lana also has made similar claims.

A law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Los Angeles Times,  said police have not been able to classify the case as an accident or something else.

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According to the Los Angeles Times:

Last year, detectives interviewed many of those involved in the case. They also traveled to Hawaii to inspect the yacht Wood and others were aboard. It's unclear what more recent work has been done on the case.

Chief Coroner Craig Harvey said in a statement that a security hold had been placed on the Wood case, per a request from the Sheriff's Department.

"It is an open investigation and we are cooperating fully with the Sheriff's Department," Harvey said. "This department is making no comments at this time."

"At this point, it is an accidental death," said William McSweeney, the sheriff's chief of detectives. "Nothing has been discovered to suggest changing that at this time."

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