Boat captain says Robert Wagner 'responsible' for Natalie Wood's death

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Thirty years after Natalie Wood’s tragic death — initially ruled a boating accident — the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department is reopening the case, based on new information in the case. The source of that new information might be Dennis Davern, the captain of the boat Wood, her husband Robert Wagner, and fellow actor Christopher Walken were partying on when the drowning occurred. Davern is the co-author of a book, Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour, in which he describes an angry argument between the married couple not long before the accident. On the Today show this morning, Davern held Wagner responsible for his wife’s death by limiting the recovery effort after Wood was reported missing. Watch it below:

Last year, Wood’s sister, Lana, asked authorities to take another look at the mystery, and yesterday, investigators announced a press conference for today at 2 p.m. ET.

In a statement, Wagner said, “Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff’s department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death.”

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