Wood died in 1981, at the age of 41, after reportedly falling off a yacht in the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Catalina Island. Her husband and actor Robert Wagner was onboard at the time, with family friend Christopher Walken. The only other person on the boat at the time was the captain of the ship, Dennis Davern.
Wood’s death was originally ruled accidental. It was thought that she fell overboard while trying to tie down a dinghy that was bumping against the boat. Bruising was identified at her original autopsy, but was attributed to her struggle with the dingy while trying to climb onboard, and not with a fellow passenger.
The new report, due to be released today, questions the findings of the original autopsy, according to CBS’ source. The new report may reveal bruises on Wood’s wrists, knees and ankles indicating she may have been assaulted prior to falling into the Pacific Ocean.
The case has always been one of Hollywood’s biggest mysteries due to conflicting versions between Walken and Wagner. Authorities have said in the past that Wagner is not a suspect in his wife’s death.
The case was re-opened in November of 2011, when the boat’s captain told “48 Hours Mystery,” that he heard an argument between Wood and her husband the night of her disappearance. Investigators traveled to Hawaii to inspect the original yacht Wood’s was on during that fateful night, but have kept quiet about any findings.
Wood’s was a three time nominated Academy Awards actor and her death shocked the world and Hollywood.