Has the mystery of Olivia Newton-John’s ex-boyfriend, who vanished without a trace 12 years ago during a fishing trip, finally been solved?
Patrick McDermott, who was working as a cameraman at the time he went missing, has reportedly been found alive in Mexico. A photograph has emerged apparently showing a shirtless McDermott lounging next to a mystery woman on a beach in the fishing town Sayulita.
McDermott had been dating Newton-John for nine years when he disappeared after an overnight fishing trip off the coast of California on June 30, 2005. The Coast Guard declared him dead in 2008, despite not one of 22 passengers on board the fishing boat Freedom having seen him go overboard .
Some investigators believed that McDermott, who owed several thousand dollars in backdated child-support payments, may have staged his own death to escape his financial woes.
Coleman-Rayner news agency found a picture last month on a noticeboard at the El Palmar del Camaron beach campsite that bears a striking resemblance to McDermott. The photograph is reproduced in an Australian magazine called New Idea.
Charlie Parker, who exposed con man Fredric Bourdin for impersonating missing teen Nicholas Barclay, believes that the photograph is very likely Patrick McDermott.
“The widow’s peak is exact. The eyes are very similar, and the ears extend down on the head in the same distance. I believe it’s him,” Parker says. He also has found a 90 percent match between the new photo and old photos of McDermott.
There have been several suspected sightings of Newton-John’s ex-lover in Sayulita, where he is reportedly living with a German lover.
Private investigator John Nazarian had previously claimed he believes McDermott took money out of a bank account and obtained a new passport under his birth name Patrick Kim.
Newton-John has stated that she found the mystery of McDermott’s disappearance hard to accept, and often thought about whether he was still alive. The Grease actress married her second husband, John Easterling, in 2008.
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Main photo: Olivia Newton-John and Patrick McDermott [SGranitz/WireImage]