Natalie Wood had bruises consistent with injuries suffered in an assault when she died in 1981, according to a report released Monday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. The new finding seems to call into question the original 1981 coroner's report that concluded the late star died accidentally.

According to CBS News, the latest report says bruising found on the actress's wrists, knees and ankles could be more consistent with injuries from an assault.

Wood was originally believed to have accidentally drowned off the coast of Catalina Island on Nov. 28, 1981. Her husband, actor Robert Wagner, said she fell off their yacht, possibly while trying to retie a dinghy that had been banging against the side of the boat, disturbing her sleep.

The investigation into her death was reopened in 2011, after new information surfaced from several sources, including the captain of the yacht.

Wood's death certificate was later amended by authorities in August 2012, changing the cause of death from "accidental" to "undetermined." The latest report, however, doesn't speculate on what actually happened the night of Wood's death. Nor does it imply that her death be considered foul play.

"Since there are unanswered questions and limited additional evidence available for evaluation, it is opined by this Medical Examiner that the manner of death should be left as undetermined," Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran wrote in the report, according to the Associated Press.


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