Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John's ex-boyfriend has been found after mysteriously vanishing in 2005. As Australian outlet New Idea reports, Patrick McDermott disappeared from a fishing trip off the coast of California 12 years ago. The Los Angeles cameraman was presumed dead after never returning from the fishing boat, but some skeptics believed that he faked his own death for financial reasons.
McDermott allegedly had a $100,000 life insurance policy that some believe he wanted to cash in for his son.
A team of private investigators reportedly tracked McDermott down after they saw that a collection of centralized IP addresses was logging onto a web site that followed his whereabouts. The addresses led to the Mexican-Pacific coast, where the missing man had been living under his birth name. Investigators also found "documentation and voice imprints" that enabled investigator Phillip Klein and his team to conclude "beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. McDermott is alive."
The 69-year-old Newton-John was deeply affected by her ex's disapperance. She revealed it was "very hard" and "human to wonder" about what really happened to her former lover. The outlet also says that there is photographic evidence of McDermott, possibly putting an end to the mystery. "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," says investigator Charlie Parker says. After seeing the new photo, he is 90% sure that it's McDermott.
McDermott was pronounced dead by authorites in 2008. Apparently during his nine-year relationship with Newton-John, he filed for bankruptcy from owing more than $30,000 debt.
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