It’s the case which baffled authorities, but now a private investigator has claimed that missing person Patrick McDermott is alive and well in Mexico.
Olivia Newton-John and Patrick McDermott dated for almost a decade, before his unexplained disappearance during a fishing trip in 2005.
Now private investigator John Nazarian claims that McDermott is happily living with a new lover in Mexico. Mr Nazarian told Bauer Media:
“It’s rumoured he was with a German national. I spoke to people there (in Mexico). The girl he was travelling with was described as having a German accent”.
Speculation was rife when McDermott vanished in 2005, with some theories suggesting self-harm, faked death or a lethal fishing accident. However, Nazarian has dismissed these notions.
“To come up with the conclusion that (McDermott) fell off the boat, and allegedly no-one saw him fall off the boat, is the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard in my life”, he said.
McDermott was on a fishing trip with 22 other passengers, who left port from San Pedro Marina in California. He was aged 48 when he disappeared, but with unpaid debts of around $40,000.
Authorities at the time revealed that Korean-born McDermott has secured a second passport before his disappearance, and withdrew savings from two different bank accounts just beforehand.
Olivia Newton-John was grief stricken about her boyfriend’s disappearance. At the time, she was in Australia on a promotional tour. She has since gone on to marry John Easterling.