A shocking report says that Olivia Newton-John’s missing ex-boyfriend of nine years who reportedly drowned over a decade ago has been found alive — and with another lover. Did Patrick McDermott fake his death, and if so, why did he bail on Olivia without a trace?
According to Woman’s Day report, Olivia Newton-John dated the cameraman on-and-off for 10 years since the ’90s. Then, on June 30, 2005, during a fishing excursion off the coast of San Pedro, California, Newton-John’s boyfriend disappeared.
Ironically, he was not reported to police as missing until July 6. Additionally, there were conflicting reports from 22 passengers and three crewmembers about Patrick’s whereabouts.
Over three years, the United States Coast Guard searched for McDermott, to no avail. Officials called off the search and declared that he must have drowned.
— Best My Song (@bestmysong) March 21, 2016
News of Newton-John’s lover’s alleged death spread rapidly and soon became featured on several television programs. Insiders say Olivia’s ex-boyfriend was battling financial hardship: he filed bankruptcy after accumulating $30,000 in debt and owed back due child support to his ex-wife for a son they raised together.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) March 21, 2016
Dateline NBC investigators went undercover in an elaborate operation as rumors sparked speculation that Patrick was still alive. Evidence suggests he allegedly arranged for his untimely demise to collect on a $100,000 life insurance policy that listed his son as a beneficiary.
Four years after he went missing, the TV news magazine hired a Texas-based private investigator, Philip Klein, to help with the search for Olivia’s beau.
The hunt didn’t take long; clues of McDermott’s whereabouts began piling up; he was allegedly seen nearly two dozen times in Mexico near Puerto Vallarta. Klein managed to track the missing man down using IP addresses linked to a fake website that claimed to be looking for the man in good faith.
Reportedly, the biggest break in the case occurred when Klein received a fax from Newton-John’s partner or someone representing him, according to Daily Mail and Extra TV.
“Pat has asked that I portray to you his innocence. Pat has committed no crime. Pat simply wishes to be left alone. Let him live his life in peace and harmony. He is safe and has started anew again in a new place both physically and mentally. Stop this search immediately.”
And just like that, the story went cold again as no evidence or photos were produced to substantiate the story. Many, even McDermott’s former spouse, Yvette Nipar, dismissed Kleins claims about finding Patrick. The investigator went on to write a book: Lost At Sea: The Hunt for Patrick McDermott
The magazine ran the story again in its current issue and said it has exclusive information from Klein that checks out. Reportedly, Patrick, 59, is living in the Mexican village of Sayulita with a German love interest.
Meanwhile, Olivia Newton-John remains mum over the latest developments. Today, she is married to Amazon Herb Company founder, John Esterling.