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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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31.

Pat    

Only because they have no evidence.

746 days ago
32.

armydicked    

My mother spits on the ground everytime Robert Wagner's name is mentioned!!! W-h-y did Natalie and Robert get into a knock down,drag out fight on the ship? Bob caught Crissy bagging his woman!!!

Those bruses occured because Wagner was beating on his cheating spouse. Drunk Russian Woman who can't swim and we're at sea and nobody is looking? Can you say THE PERFECT CRIME?!!!

Its just like that Director that William Randolf Hearst shot when the fool tried to block 'Billy' from shooting Charley Chaplin when he caught the Commie doing the dirty monkey dance with Hearst's girlfriend/actress. He was shot on the boat but 'died of long distance suicide bullet on shore? Hollywood if Holly-could, I say!!!

745 days ago
33.

Girl    

This is such BS! The LASD is feeding the media stories to play down change in the death certificate. There are 5 choices--Natural, Suicide, Homicide, Accident and Undetermined. If it was the bruises that caused them to change a death certificate after 30 years from Accident to Undetermined and there are HOMICIDE detectives re-investigating this case how can they totally discount foul play? I suspect the PR people at the LASD are being told to play it down. I'm sure most of department does not want this to be happening. The case being re-opened and the death certificate being changed means the LASD made a big mistake back in 1981 and we all know how cops do not like to admit that they screwed up and gave a celebrity , Wagner, special treatment.

745 days ago
34.

E    

Money talks and bs walks.

Wagner is a b-grade actor, so how has he always had such strong influence in getting this hushed up?

Does anyone know who is powerful friends are?

744 days ago
35.

ThundarSean    

I guess the rich & famous can get away with murder

743 days ago
36.

LesMoore    

In other words, HE KILLED HER!! HE KILLED HER!! HE KIIIIILLED HERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

556 days ago
37.

djmj0409    

prime example money can buy anything!! Robert Wagner is the reason natalie is dead and a blind man can see that. i wasnt even born when this happened but the case of natalies death has always inrested me because it was so clear who did this to this women and the fact that robert is still out walking a free man makes me sick. i have read so so much on this case and its just awful.

556 days ago
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