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Addendum to Natalie Wood’s Autopsy Report—Bruises May Have Occurred before She Entered the Water

By Sheryl Rentz on January 22, 2013

Although many unanswered questions remain, more details were recently revealed surrounding actress Natalie Wood’s death. As reported by the Associated Press and published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on January 15, 2013, a report just released reveals that Natalie Wood’s death certificate was amended to deal with questions about bruises on her upper body.

In a ten-page addendum to the actress’ autopsy, officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office say that some of the bruises on Natalie Wood’s body may have been put there prior to her entering into the water and drowning. Coroner’s officials could only conclude that Ms. Wood “drowned under undetermined circumstances.” Officials noted in the amendment that Wood had no history of attempting suicide, did not leave a suicide note, and did not have on a life jacket.

Death Certificate Amended

In 2011, Wood’s death certificate was amended. Cause of death was changed from drowning to “drowning and other undetermined factors” after sheriff’s investigators reopened their inquiry into her death. Before entering the water on Thanksgiving weekend, 1981, Wood was on a yacht with her husband Robert Wagner. Actor Christopher Walken was also onboard.

Bruises were found on both of Ms. Wood’s arms. Her neck was scratched, and there were abrasions on her cheek, left brow, and forehead.

Investigation Still Open

Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the sheriff’s department said the investigation is still open. He also stated that Robert Wagner was not considered a suspect and so this may or may not have been an issue of domestic violence

Family law attorney Sheryl R. Rentz wants you to know that if you or someone you care about is coping with domestic violence in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, you need to remove yourself or your loved one from the situation and contact our law firm immediately. Call us at (866) 290-9292 for a free consultation concerning what you can do about your situation and your rights under the law.

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