LA detectives re-open Natalie Wood death inquiry

November 17, 2011 - 9:50 PM
Natalie Wood-Investigation

FILE - In this April 9, 1979 file photo, actress Natalie Wood is shown at the 51st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sheriff's homicide detectives are taking another look at Wood's 1981 drowning death based on new information, officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's official says homicide detectives have re-opened their investigation into the 1981 drowning death of actress Natalie Wood.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the agency is taking another look at the case after recently receiving additional information. A news conference has been scheduled for Friday with the detective leading the investigation.

Whitmore declined to release any additional details about what information detectives had been given.

Wood drowned on Nov. 29, 1981, after a night of partying with husband Robert Wagner and "Brainstorm" co-star Christopher Walken on the couple's yacht anchored off Santa Catalina Island.

Coroner's officials ruled the death of the "West Side Story" star an accident.