Natalie Wood’s bruises and scratches on her arm, wrist and neck may have been suffered before she entered the ocean off Catalina Island and drowned in 1981, the Los Angeles County Coroner now says in a newly revised autopsy report.
The coroner’s supplemental report is more verbose than the original report, and it details what the Sheriff’s Department learned in the new inquiry that it announced over a year ago, reigniting speculation that her death was no accident.
The official cause of Natalie Wood’s 1981 death remains accidental drowning, as investigators say they have found nothing to dispute that in the two months since they re-opened the case.
“At this point, it is an accidental death,” William McSweeney, chief of detectives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, tells the Los Angeles Times. “Nothing has been discovered to suggest changing that at this time.”