Ship Captain: Robert Wagner Drank Whiskey Instead Of Looking For Natalie Wood

Over the weekend, the captain alleged on 20/20 that Natalie's husband drank whiskey for an hour instead of looking for the star. 

By Gina Tron

Over the weekend, a 48 Hours Special revealed new information about the death of Natalie Wood, who drowned while sailing off the coast of Catalina Island along with her husband Robert Wagner and friend Christopher Walken.

The special featured interviews with unidentified witnesses who backed up the boat’s captain Dennis Davern’s longtime claim that Wagner and Wood were fighting the night that she drowned.

Davern said on 48 Hours that Wager didn’t appear too concerned when someone noticed that Wood went missing. Instead, according to Davern, he drank whiskey for an hour before contacting police. Wagner also allegedly refused to turn on the boat’s searchlights when Davern made the suggestion.

Just last week, it was announced that Wagner is now being called a person of interest by Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators. Police said that Wagner has refused to speak to them about Wood’s death, ever since it was reopened in 2011. Corina said that when he did talk, he often had conflicting stories. Wagner, 87, has denied any involvement in Wood's death many times. In 2016, he told People that "we were all so shattered by the loss."

This afternoon, the  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau discussed developments in the case via Facebook Live:

Natalie Wood was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood up until her controversial death. She was a child actor who starred in "Miracle on 34th Street" and the iconic "Rebel Without a Cause." She is equally known for her role in "West Side Story." By 24, she had already received three Academy Award nominations.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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