Back in 2005, Olivia Newton-John's former boyfriend Patrick McDermott vanished while on a fishing trip and was later presumed drowned. Now, almost eleven years later, a private investigator named Philip Klein is claiming that Patrick is alive and well, living in a remote area of Mexico with a German girlfriend.
Klein spoke to Women's Day about his discovery. “Patrick’s probably now working in the yachting industry for a high-profile family down there,” he claims. John Nazarian, who was the first detective investigating Patrick's disappearance, also noted that it seemed very unlikely that Patrick had drowned when he went missing at sea. "To come up with the conclusion that he 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."
Other sources are reporting that McDermott may have vanished because of financial reasons. He was about $30,000 in debt and filed for bankruptcy prior to his disappearance. He also owed about $8,000 in child support.
Newton-John and McDermott dated on and off for nine years before his disappearance. She went on to marry John Easterling in 2008, and the couple is still together. Still, the news of Patrick being spotted might provide some sort of closure for Newton-John, even if the news raises more questions than it answers.
You've heard of ghosting before, but faking your own death and moving to a fishing village in a remote part of Mexico? Next level. Newton-John has never commented on McDermott's disappearance, and it isn't clear if she will comment on his sudden reappearance.
It's understandable to want to disappear from your responsibilities, but it takes a special kind of person to take that sentiment literally.