Reporting Serene Branson
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — CBS2 and KCAL9 have obtained a copy of Natalie Wood’s original autopsy report.
The 34-page document maintains the 43-year-old actress likely died from an accidental drowning. [To read the full pdf file, click here.]
It also says Wood’s body was identified by friend and “boat skipper Dennis Davern.”
Davern admitted to the “Today” show that he “lied” 30 years ago, to tell a story more compatible with one Wagner wanted to release.
Davern now says Wagner impeded his search efforts and reports that the couple was engaged in a terrible fight moments before she either fell off or left the boat on her own accord. The captain is quoted in an interview for Saturday’s “48 Hours” saying that Wagner screamed at Christopher Walken, then co-starring with Wood in the movie “Brainstorm,” — “What are you trying to do, [expletive deleted] my wife?”
The investigative portion of the report, signed by Investigator Pamela Eaker, also says Mr. Wagner first noticed his wife was missing at 22:45 hours and “immediately radioed for help and a search was begun.”
The coroner’s report also asks Wagner if Wood was suicidal and he insisted his wife was not.
The document notes “numerous” bruises to her legs and arms and that her eyes appeared to be “a bit cloudy.”
Reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, Serene Branson also notes that Wood’s blood alcohol level was at .14, over the legal limit of .10.
The coroner, Thomas Noguchi, noted lots of foam coming out of her mouth, consistent with a drowning. “No other trauma noted and foul play is not suspected at this time,” he wrote.
He also found “superficial skin bruises on the extremities and abrasions on the left side of the face.” He also noted “there is no evidence of strangulation.”
The dinghy that some speculated Wood was trying to secure on the Splendour was found with its key in the ignition in the off position. The report also noted the dinghy’s gear was in neutral with its oars tied down “as if the boat had not even been used.”
Wood was taking at least eight prescription drugs, including Darvon — then a popular pain killer — at the time of her death. She was also taking Antivert, a pill that combats nausea and sea sickness. Another drug, Dalmane, is taken to fight insomnia.
At the time of her death, Noguchi noted 2 small pills which had not yet dissolved in her small intestine. “They appear to be a large size of a vitamin-like substance by the appearance and by the smell. The gastric contents emits the smelling of alcohol.”
Branson also reports that Wood’s sister, Lana Wood, told CNN’s Piers Morgan that she has no reason to doubt Dennis Davern’s new account or his motives. Wood said, “I can’t imagine RJ doing anything intentionally to hurt her, but things happen.”
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