The renewed look at Wood’s Nov. 29, 1981, death was prompted by new information detectives received about the case, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday.
No additional details were provided, but a detective planned to hold a news conference Friday, and anyone with information about the case was being asked to contact sheriff’s officials.
A spokesman for Wood’s husband at the time of her death, Robert Wagner, said the family trusts the sheriff’s department will take appropriate action but has not been contacted about the case being re-opened.
Wood drowned after a night of partying with husband Wagner and "Brainstorm" co-star Christopher Walken on the couple’s yacht anchored off Santa Catalina Island. Her death was ruled an accident and it was determined that she had been drinking before her death.
The office wrote that Wood was "possibly attempting to board the dinghy and had fallen into the water, striking her face."
A dinghy that had been attached to the couple’s yacht, "Splendor," was found in a Catalina cove.
The Los Angeles Times reported that detectives were prompted to look at the case again after comments by the ship’s captain, Dennis Davern. He was recently interviewed for collaboration between the magazine Vanity Fair and the television series "48 Hours Mystery" that focuses on Wood’s death.
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