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Natalie Wood

Wagner NOT a Suspect

Because of Death Change

7/9/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Robert Wagner i
s NOT a suspect in Natalie Wood's death, TMZ has learned ... this in the wake of a change in her death certificate.

We broke the story ... the L.A. County Coroner has changed Wood's cause of death from "Accident" to "Undetermined."

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the reason for the change is that there was bruising on Wood's body that is not NECESSARILY consistent with an accident ... but it doesn't prove foul play.

Here's the real reason for the change. After Wood's died in 1981, then L.A. County Coroner Thomas Noguchi jumped to a conclusion -- something he was prone to do -- that Wood's death was an accident.

Noguchi did not follow protocol by accounting for ALL possibilities for the bruises -- possibilities which could include foul play, but could just as easily come down to Wood's hitting the side of the boat or the dinghy as she fell in the water.

We're told protocol all along should have been to call Wood's death "undetermined." 

Our sources say the investigation is still officially "active" but in fact it's been at a dead end and detectives have unearthed no new evidence to lead them to a conclusion there was foul play. We're told there is "certainly no evidence" leading detectives to a suspect.

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16.

parlayer    

natalie wood now resides in deadwood! it's been over since?? for ever already.......

835 days ago
17.

Carol    

I don't know why they reopened this. Bob and Chris are never gonna say what really happened and no one else knows.

835 days ago
18.

JimmyG    

A crime has certainly been committed here... look at that ascot!!!

835 days ago
19.

joel    

Almost anyone who watches the movie 'Brainstorm' carfully, will soon discover that Natalie had a special 'connection to highly intense actor Christopher Walken! It is clear to myself, that they had a relationship building during the making of this movie, of which he played her ex husband but wanted to get back together with her.
Not sure what transpired on that boat, but u can bet
Robert figured it out and was NOT happy about it.
A lady on the nearest boat from them, said she heard loud YELLING coming from a womans voice in the direction of thier boat!

835 days ago
20.

Jordan    

Put the Boat captain under suspicion he was in love with woods he wanted to have sex with her they were both high and drunk she said NO he grabed her arm started a fight with her and threw her overboard, He got scared went to her husband to start a search and the captain who had a legal responsibility to call the coast guard and law enforcement did not do it and woods was found on the shore dead. the captain writes a book to put blame on her husband but it was the captain. He did not get to have sex with her and she died for it.

835 days ago
21.

joel    

I am thinking that robert did not have any intentions mean for her to be killed, (but this i do not know fro certain) but did hit her and possibly threw her off the boat.

835 days ago
22.

Peggy    

It's been over 31 yrs; why are they digging this up now? I'm stumped on this case and really don't have an opinion on who dunnit. Natalee was deathly afraid of the water and i can't see her trying to get in that rubber raft, but then, I just don't see Wagner as being a murderer. Let's spend our tax dollars on cases that are in the here and now. After 31 yrs. this case will never be solved completely. Let Natalee rest in peace

835 days ago
23.

casey    

GARY must have put this unreasonable version together,,,,,,
not someone who reads the evidence

835 days ago
24.

Rigs-in-Gear    

All I know is a couple of years after her death, I visited Westwood Memorial Park and although packed with stars, the only two graves overflowing with flowers and notes were Natalie's and that of murder victim Dorothy Stratten. One of the notes on Natalie's grave read, "Don't worry Natalie. We won't forgive and we won't forget." It gave me chills.

835 days ago
25.

D    

Her husband killed her...CASE CLOSED!

835 days ago
26.

bon    

Wagner and Walken know exactly what happened. Unfortunately, they got away with it.

835 days ago
27.

Susan62509    

Coroner Thomas Noguchi also did the super speedy conclusion for Marilyn Monroe also. I wonder how much hush money Wagner pays Walken annually?

835 days ago
28.

The Gorn    

I'm waiting for Lifetime's movie about it. Lindsay's available to take on another Hollywood icon.

835 days ago
29.

JustMe    

I knew that somehow he would get out of it. Money talks! He is a creep. She was so beautiful and he was a jerk! He still has God and his conscience to contend with.

835 days ago
30.

Sister Ingrid-Yakimah    

A real tragedy.

835 days ago
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