Nightly News | November 20, 2011
>>> back now with that stunning announcement from the l.a. sheriff's department that made headlines around the world. a new look into the death of natalie wood , one of hollywood's biggest mysteries for decades. tonight we're hearing from a woman who says she heard something that night, 30 years ago, and there is new information about where the investigation is headed. we get more now from nbc 's ayman mahadin.
>> reporter: the investigation into what happened to natalie wood 30 years ago this week now turns to the boat where she was last seen alive. ron nelson bought the "splendor" five years after her death and now docks it in honolulu.
>> this is where the argument would have started.
>> reporter: wood, her husband robert wagner , actor christopher walken and the captain were all aboard the "splendor" thanksgiving weekend in 1981 . nbc news confirmed investigators will be in honolulu early next month in search of new clues into the death of the three-time oscar nominated actress. john nazarene is a private investigator.
>> i would want to look at boat, sitting where it's at, the conditions that night, and getting a feel for what people could see.
>> reporter: initially wood's death was ruled as an accidental drowning but now the boat's captain says he lied to police in the initial investigation and points the finger at robert wagner . police say wagner is not a suspect. for years there has been speculation that natalie wood was the victim of a love triangle that ended tragically following a night of alcohol and arguments. marilyn wayne says she was on a nearby boat that evening.
>> i heard a woman calling for help, help me, somebody, please help me, i'm drowning.
>> reporter: but doug bombbart who found natalie's body still believes she slipped and drowned.
>> my position is that it was a horrible accident. it was something that is very unfortunate.
>> reporter: still, investigators say they now have new information.
>> the comments from the captain now, you know, there was a lot of liquor on board that night and there was emotions. i can't think of a worse chemistry for an accident.
>> reporter: for the child actress turned silver screened icon, her death now proving to be as captivating as her career. ayman muhadin, nbc news, los angeles .