Natalie Wood's Mysterious Death Re-Examined, but Cause of Death 'Left Undetermined'

The child star of the wonderful original of Miracle on 34th Street, Natalie Wood, died at the age of 43 way back in 1981. For the past thirty years it had been thought her death by drowning was an accident, but since the case was re-examined last year it appears there may have been foul play involved in her death.

As the LA Times reports "there were recent bruises to the back of the left thigh. A few day old bruises were on the back of the right thigh and knee but there were fresh bruises and scratches to the right posterior leg... The location of the bruises, the multiplicity of the bruises, lack of head trauma, or facial bruising support bruising having occurred prior to the entry into the water." 

Although this points towards further suspicious circumstances, the police say that nothing is conclusive. Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff said: "This remains an ongoing investigation... Yes this is a revelation to the public but this report was written in June 2012." 

The department had received new information in late 2011 which lead to the case being reexamined. "Since there are many unanswered questions and limited additional evidence available for evaluation, it is opined by this Medical Examiner that the manner of death should be left as undetermined." 


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