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Actor Robert Wagner is now considered a 'person of interest' in Natalie's Wood's death


Investigators are now calling 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner a “person of interest” in the 1981 death of his wife Natalie Wood.

This case has remained a mystery and speculation have swirled around the death of Wood who was nominated for three Academy Awards and appeared in 'West Side Story' and 'Rebel Without a Cause.'

Wood died on Nov. 29, 1981, off of Catalina Island in California.She was on a yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain. After a night of drinking, her body was found floating in the water.

It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role.

Wagner has denied any involvement in her death.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told CBS News that Wagner has become “more of a person of interest now” as the investigation progressed.

"As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think he’s more of a person of interest now,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina said in an upcoming interview with CBS’<i> 48 Hours</i>. “I mean, we now know that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared.”

Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says there is nothing new with the case and played down the comments Thursday.

The Hollywood star was married to Wagner twice — first in 1957 (they divorced five years later) and again in 1972 until her death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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