It appears as if the truth may never be fully known regarding what exactly led Natalie Wood to fatally wind up in the waters off Two Harbors on the night of November 28, 1981.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department chief of detectives William McSweeney tells LA Times reporter Richard Winton that several weeks of interviews and other footwork have turned up nothing new and that only a few minor aspects of the investigation remain active. However, he stresses that a case such as this, even if it is to be deemed once again cold, could always be re-opened once more if warranted. Then follows the key sentence of Winton’s dispatch:
But McSweeney said he’s doubtful that more investigating will change the overall conclusion that her death was an accident.
The main goal of the authors of the 2009 book Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendor was to get LASD to repair and complete an originally very shoddy investigation. This appears now well on its way to being accomplished, even though it still leaves Robert Wagner in the controversial mix. LASD has yet though to make a new, final ruling in regards to the Wood case.