Natalie Wood's death called 'suspicious' after details emerge from new witnesses

Natalie Wood's death is now being called "suspicious" by authorities, nearly 40 years after the Hollywood star drowned off of Catalina Island in California in 1981.

CNN reported that authorities said Thursday they had reviewed over 100 tips surrounding Wood's unsolved murder which led them to new witnesses that "portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night."

SEE ALSO: Robert Wagner a 'person of interest' in Natalie Wood’s death

The "West Side Story" actress, 43 at the time of her death, fell into the water while out drinking on a boat with husband Robert Wagner and "Brainstorm" co-star Christopher Walken on November 29, 1981.

Her death was initially ruled an accident until the case was reopened 30 years later in 2011 after the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department received "additional information" about her death.

"The statements from these new witnesses differ from the original version of events as related by previous witnesses, including the individuals on the boat," Thursday's statement read. "Do we have enough to make an arrest at this moment? No. This remains a suspicious death investigation."

Authorities referred to Wagner, now 87, as a "person of interest" this week. The new witnesses allege that they heard a man and a woman yelling in the couple's stateroom, as well as on the back of the boat, on the night of Wood's drowning.

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Daily News front page November 30, 1981, Headline: NATALIE WOOD DEAD - Body found floating off Catalina. ALLEN EXITS - Takes 'leave of absence' Richard Alen: 'I certainly feel that I have done nothing wrong' (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
The gravesite of actress Natalie Wood is seen in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, on August 18, 2009. The burial spot located just above the final resting place of Marilyn Monroe is going on sale for a cool 500,000 dollars on auction website eBay. The tomb in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles is currently occupied by one Richard Poncher, who died 23 years ago aged 81. But his widow is having his body moved over one spot and auctioning the site above Monroe's, hoping to earn enough to pay off her 1.6-million-dollar Beverly Hills home. The cemetery is also the final resting place for celebrities as Natalie Wood, Truman Capote, Frank Zappa, Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Billy Wilder, and more recently Farrah Fawcett. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 9: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood at the premiere of 'The Godfather' on August 9, 1972 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
379373 06: Lana Wood poses with her sister, the late actress Natalie Wood, right, when they were children. (Photo courtesy of Lana Wood/Delivered by Newsmakers)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Natalie Wood attends American Movie Awards on February 11, 1980 at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Natalie Wood photographed in 1979. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21: Natalie Wood during a cocktail party to honor the beginning of film shooting 'The Concorde-Airport 79' by David Lowel Rich, November 21, 1978 in Paris,France. (Photo by Michel GINFRAY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' -- Pictured: Natalie Wood as Maggie -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood on the set of This Property is Condemned based on the play by Tennessee Williams and directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Legendary US singer Frank Sinatra in a picture taken 08 December 1951 in London with his bride of a month US actress Ava Gardner forming a piano and vocal duet at Washington Hotel before 'Midnight Matinee' show at the London Coliseum. Frank Sinatra, born 12 December 1915, was a playboy who married four times, twice to famous actress, Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. But he was deeply attracted to the actress; his biographer Kitty Kelley wrote that Gardner was the only woman he respected because he knew he could not dominate her. Sinatra got married for the last time in 1976 to Barbara Marx, widow of comedian Zeppo Marx of the four Marx brothers. Sinatra number his conquests, according to Kelley, among Hollywood's greatest beauties, including Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor and Victoria Principal. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
circa 1953: Portrait of American actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), wearing a strapless bathing suit with plaid trim, posing in front of a wicker wall. Wood has light hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood (Natal'ja Nikolaevna Zacharenko) standing beside a stone wall in the film Kings Go Forth. France, 1958 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 13,1955: Musician Dick Contino hugs Leigh Snowden as actor John Smith hugs actress Natalie Wood at Wil Wright's Ice Cream Parlor in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 13,1955: Actress Natalie Wood, actor John Smith and actress Leigh Snowden takes a taste of chocolate at a Wil Wright's ice cream parlor in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 5,1955: Actress Natalie Wood attends the Screen Directors Building party in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1955: Actress Natalie Wood poses during an event in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 13,1955: Actress Natalie Wood, actor John Smith and musician Dick Contino and actress Leigh Snowden pour chocolate at a Wil Wright's ice cream parlor in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) holding a glove puppet of a lion, circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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Wagner has refused to talk to authorities about the new information surrounding Wood's death. He was married to the beloved actress twice: First, from 1957 until 1962, and then from 1972 until her death in 1981.

The new information is coming to light just as CBS released the first clips from its upcoming "48 Hours" special about Wood's mysterious -- and obviously still contentious -- death, "Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water," which will air this Saturday.

In the special, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Corina speaks candidly about his suspicions surrounding the case and why he considers Wagner to still be a "person of interest."

"I haven't seen him tell the details that match all the other witnesses in this case," People reports that Corina says. "I think he's constantly changed his story a little bit. And his version of events just don't add up."

As for Wood's reportedly bruised body, Corina says "I think it's suspicious enough to make us think that something happened."  Adds L.A. County Sheriff's Department Detective Ralph Hernandez, "She looked like a victim of assault."

Though Wagner has kept silent about the recent developments around Wood's drowning, he opened up about the ordeal in his 2008 memoir, Pieces of My Heart, in which he recounted an argument with Walken on the boat that night and offers the "only two possibilities" as to why Wood didn't stay on the boat with them, People reported.

"Nobody knows," Wagner wrote. "There are only two possibilities: either she was trying to get away from the argument, or she was trying to tie the dinghy. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened."

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American actor Robert Wagner and his wife actress Nathalie Wood. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood and husband, actor Robert Wagner, at London Airport in 1976. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The El Morocco. New York City: Actress Natalie Wood and actor Robert Wagner.
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) leave the church holding hands just after their wedding, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)
circa 1958: American actors Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), wearing a black evening gown with long gloves and a white fur wrap, and Robert Wagner, wearing a tuxedo with a white opera scarf. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1958: Actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner attend an event in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/ Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Married American actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1958. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
(Eingeschr�kte Rechte f�r bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Wood, Natalie *20.07.1938-29.11.1981+ (Eigentlich Natalia Nikolaiewna Zacharenko) Schauspielerin, USA - mit ihrem Mann Robert Wagner - 1958 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Enjoying a tete-a-tete in an outdoor phone booth outside Penn Station, recently wed screen stars Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood are shown here. The couple was visiting Manhattan the first time since their marriage at Scottsdale, Az. on December 28, 1957.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner (she's Natalie Wood) arrive at Penn Station from Miami. They're here to see Bob's new movie, 'In Love and War.' (Photo By: Art Whittaker/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 23: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood back stage of 'The Jack Benny Program.' Image dated January 23, 1960. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Robert Wagner, US actor, and his wife, Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, with a small dog, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actors Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1970. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner with his actress wife Natalie Wood at the time of their second marriage. Original Publication: People Disc - HM0378 (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner with his former wife American actress Natalie Wood, 23rd April 1972. (Photo by Chris Wood/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner following their reconciliation, Britain, April 24th 1972. (Photo by Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 45th Academy Award Rehearsals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MALIBU, UNITED STATES - AUGUST: Actress Natalie Wood and husband actor Robert Wagner at home with daughter during August 1973 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Sandy KAPLAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, arriving at the premiere of the film 'The Godfather', London, August 24th 1972. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 16th Annual International Broadcasting Awards at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actors Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) at the 29th Cannes Film Festival, May 1976. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)
Actor Robert Wagner and actress wife Natalie Wood arriving in London en route for the South of France for a short holiday before returning to London next month to make TV production of the Tennessee Williams play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' for Granada, 24th April 1976. (Photo by Dennis Stone/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner and his actress wife Natalie Wood at Heathrow Airport in London before leaving to present the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in London, July 1st 1976. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Wood as Maggie, Robert Wagner as Brick -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Film actor Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood arrived at Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles with their children Courtney (2) and Natasha (5). Courtney was carrying a doll called 'Curious George.' They were met by Lord Olivier and are here to make a Granada TV production with him of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .' 19th May 1976. (Photo by Victor Crawshaw/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner during 5th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award - Salute to Bette Davis at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner, Ehefrau Natalie Wood, Dreharbeiten zur US-TV-Serie 'Switch', Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA, Nordamerika, SW, schwarz-weiss-Foto, Dreh, Bett, Ehemann, Schauspieler, Schauspielerin, NB/BB, 01.08.1978; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner, Ehefrau Natalie Wood, neben den Dreharbeiten zur US-TV-Serie 'Switch', Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA, Nordamerika, Dreh-Pause, Wohnmobil, Wohnwagen, Auto, Becher Kaffee, in den Arm nehmen, Ehemann, Schauspieler, Schauspielerin, NB/BB, 01.08.1978; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Laurence Olivier, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner during 'A Little Romance' World Premiere Filmex Opening Honoring Laurence Olivier in Century City, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood Sighting at a Beverly Hills Restaurant - June 1, 1977 at Beverly Hills Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 1980: Actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner outside La Scala restaurant in 1980 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
circa 1980: Married American actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner attending a formal event. Wood is wearing a blue dress with powder-blue sheer sleeves and a floral top. Wagner is wearing a black tuxedo. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 'Hart to Hart' Wrap Party - April 9, 1980 at Chey Moi in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Daughters Katie Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Courtney Wagner (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - CIRCA 1981: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood circa 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bret Lundberg/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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