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The investigation of Natalie Wood's death, reopened in 2011, has taken a dark and serious turn as the autopsy results have come under heavy scrutiny.

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The Los Angeles Coroner's Office will reportedly release a review of the original coroner's report in 1981 that raises questions about every major finding.

Initially, investigators concluded Natalie Wood's death an accident.

Now, officials reportedly believe injuries to the actress' wrists, knees, and ankles could be more consistent with injuries from an assault, raising new suspicions.

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Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress' drowning.

The document was amended earlier this month and shifts her death from an accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors."

The document states that circumstances of how Wood ended up in the waters off Catalina Island in November 1981 are "not clearly established."

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The changes occur nine months after sheriff's homicide investigators renewed their inquiry into Wood's death shortly before its 30th anniversary.

Chief of Detectives William McSweeney said the decision to amend the death certificate was made by the coroner's office. He wouldn't go into detail.

"I would just say undetermined is descriptive," he said.

McSweeney said detectives still have work to do on the case, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a major shift is coming or necessarily ever will.

"We don't close these cases," he said. "These cases have active periods and more passive periods. We're moving toward the end of an active period."

Conflicting versions of what happened to Wood that night have cast suspicion on her actor-husband Robert Wagner, but he is not a suspect.

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Robert Wagner is not a suspect in Natalie Wood's death despite a recent and unusual change in the late actress' death certificate, according to reports.

The L.A. County Coroner's office has changed the cause of death in 1981 from "Accident" to "Undetermined" after reopening the Natalie Wood case.

The reason for the change: Bruising on Wood's body that is not necessarily consistent with an accident. In other words, no proof of foul play.

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In 1981, then-L.A. County Coroner Thomas Noguchi jumped to the conclusion that Wood's death was an accident after he shockingly drowned.

Noguchi did not follow protocol by accounting for ALL possibilities, including foul play, but also Wood simply hitting the side of the boat as she fell.

Calling Natalie's death "undetermined" is basically a correction of a three-decades-old error, according to insiders, though the case remains active.

At the same time, detectives have unearthed no new evidence and officials say there is "certainly no evidence" leading detectives to a suspect.

The decision to reopen the case in 2011 raised suspicions of her husband, Robert Wagner, now 81, who some say was less than forthcoming with police.

The actor, and who has a recurring role on NCIS, said he trusts officials to determine if "any new information on the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid."

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The death of Natalie Wood has remained a mystery for 30 years, but some in the L.A. County D.A.'s Office are puzzled as to why the investigation was re-opened.

They say it's extremely unlikely that the D.A. is going to prosecute the late actress' then-husband, Robert Wagner, or anyone else for her tragic 1981 drowning.

Although the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. says Wagner isn't a suspect, it's pretty clear that as the last person to see Natalie Wood alive, he's a person of interest.

Be that as it may, the statute of limitations has long since expired.

Under California law, even if (and it's a big if) Robert Wagner accidentally pushed Natalie Wood into the water, or failed to report her missing quickly, that's not murder.

The most he could be charged with is involuntary manslaughter, of which there's a statute of limitations of three years. In other words, he'd be in the clear 27 years ago. 

Same with regular manslaughter, which has a statute of three. Second-degree murder has a limit of six. Only first-degree murder has no statute of limitations. 

Proving that is next to impossible, as there were no witnesses other than Wagner.

So short of a bizarre confession by the veteran actor or someone else, don't expect any charges to be pressed, no matter what shady allegations are made.

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Lana Wood, sister of the late Natalie Wood, is speaking out about the newly re-opened investigation into the actress' death, which took place 30 years ago this week.

The Natalie Wood case was never a closed case in her Lana’s mind, which, she said, is why she welcomed Friday's news of police re-opening the investigation.

Questions have surrounded the late actress' husband, Robert Wagner, and his handling of the incident, though he was never a criminal suspect and is not now.

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“I can’t believe [Robert] would purposefully do something to hurt her,” Wood said, but adds that she "did not buy" the story Wagner told police at that time.

He said Natalie Wood slipped, hit her head and fell into the water.

“I don’t think she fell. I don’t know if she was pushed. I don’t know whether there was an altercation and it happened accidentally,” she said. “She shouldn’t have died.”

Natalie Wood who had a notorious fear of water, was found dead in the ocean off Catalina Island following an alcohol-filled night spent on a yacht with only Wagner, family friend Christopher Walken, and Dennis Davern, the boat's captain.

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L.A. County Sherriff's Office investigators' decision to reopen the Natalie Wood case after three decades has raised suspicions of her husband, Robert Wagner.

The captain of the boat that Wood, a major movie star at the time, mysteriously vanished from in 1981 is now blaming veteran actor Wagner for her death.

The Tinseltown starlet died off of Santa Catalina Island in California after partying on a yacht one night with hubby Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

At the time, police said Wood, 43, accidentally fell overboard and drowned. Now the boat's captain, Dennis Davern, is telling something of a different story.

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On Today, Davern said Robert Wagner, now 81, asked him not to take steps to find his wife. It was a matter of "We're not going to look too hard," he said.

"We're not going to turn on the search light, we're not going to notify anybody right at the moment," said Davern, who admitted that he lied at the time.

"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," he said. "I did lie on a report years ago. I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report."

Asked if Wagner was "responsible" for Wood's death, Davern said, "Yes I would say so." Lana Wood, Natalie Wood's sister, also spoke out about the case:

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The L.A. County Sheriff's Office is reopening its investigation into the death of movie star Natalie Wood, who drowned in 1981 while boating off the California coast.

Homicide investigators are reexamining one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries after someone with "additional information" about the drowning contacted them.

Authorities didn't provide further details late Thursday, but more information will surely be made available soon as the case is reopened and actively pursued.

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Last year, the star's sister, Lana Wood, and the captain of the yacht on which Wood sailed with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, asked officials to reopen the case.

On Thursday, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Benjamin Grubb couldn't say whether the sister and the yacht captain have prompted the renewed investigation.

Natalie Wood's body was found floating in the water about a mile away from the yacht, near Catalina Island, in a long nightgown, socks, and a down jacket.

The autopsy report showed that Wood had suffered two dozen bruises on her body, including a facial abrasion on her left cheek, and bruises on her arms.

In 2010, Lana Wood said she believes a heated argument between her sister and Wagner, who can be seen on next week's NCIS, preceded Wood's drowning.

She told CNN last year she does not suspect foul play, however.

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