Olivia Newton-John’s former boyfriend has reportedly been found after going missing twelve years ago.
Patrick McDermott, an American cameraman, who was the on-and-off boyfriend of Olivia Newton-John, disappeared in 2005 while on a fishing trip. The 48-year-old left on the fishing boat «Freedom» from San Pedro Mariana on June 30 but mysteriously disappeared with all his personal items, including his wallet, left on the boat.
Newton-John and McDermott had been reportedly dating for nine years when he vanished.
His ex-wife Yvette Nipar, however, was the first person to report McDermott missing as he didn’t show up to see their son when he was expected.
Nipar and McDermott married in March 1992, but divorced shortly after Nipar became pregnant with their son in June 1993.
McDermott’s death meant that his son, however, would be the sole beneficiary of the $100,000 life insurance policy.
Newton-John reportedly never made a public mention of his disappearance until 50 days after he went allegedly missing. She had been on a promotional tour in Australia when he vanished.
Newton-John had previously expressed grief of her former boyfriend’s disappearance.
The Grease star married her second husband, John Easterling, in 2008 and shared her thoughts on her missing ex.
«It’s human to wonder but you know, those are the things in life you have to accept and let go. Because whenever you go through difficult times, there’s always those concerns.»
She added: «But, I live on and of course questions come up, always, it’s human.
In 2008 the U.S. Coast Guard released their investigation saying that McDermott likely drowned, but the circumstances surrounding his disappearance lead people to believe that he faked his own death.
Even after being declared dead in 2008, people were still suspicious of his disappearance.
In 2009, investigators on Dateline NBC claimed McDermott disappeared to avoid debts, including $8,000 he allegedly owed to his ex-wife for child support.
He also disappeared shortly after filing for bankruptcy, having unpaid debts totaling more than $30,000 at the time.
They later believed that he was living on a boat off the west coast of Mexico. They claimed that Patrick now had a new passport and was living under his birth name of Patrick Kim.
Kim reportedly had withdrawn his life savings from two bank accounts before he left.
Evidence from an Australian magazine revealed that McDermott is alive: they received photos which show a man who matches his description in Mexico, along with a woman.
«The widow’s peak is exact. The eyes are very similar and the ears extend down on the head the same distance. I believe it is him,” private detective Charlie Parker told the magazine.
Parker claimed that the individual in the photograph was a “90 per cent match” to McDermott.
«It’s rumored he was with a German national. I spoke to people there. The girl he was travelling with was described as having a German accent,» investigator John Nazarian said.
In March 2016, McDermott appeared on America’s Most Wanted and was then reported to have been found living in Mexico.
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