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Robert Wagner supports inquiry into Natalie Wood's death

November 17, 2011 |  7:17 pm

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Robert Wagner said through his publicist Thursday that he supports a new investigation into the death of his wife, Natalie Wood.

"Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department," Wagner's spokesman, Alan Nierob, said in a statement.

Wagner trusts “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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Detectives decided to reopen the the Wood case in part because of statements made by the captain of the boat Wood was on at the time of her death.

Los Angeles  County Sheriff Lee Baca told The Times that homicide detectives want to talk to the captain, based on comments he had made recounting the case on its 30th anniversary. Baca did not detail what the captain said regarding the case

“He made comments worthy of exploring,” Baca said.

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A law enforcement source added that the department had recently received a letter from an unidentified "third party" who said that the captain had "new recollections" about the case. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

Officials ruled that Wood's  drowning death while boating off Santa Catalina Island was an accident. But there has been much speculation about the circumstances surrounding her death.

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Photo: Wagner and Woods. Credit: WireImage

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