Oliva Newton-John’s former boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, has reportedly been found alive and well in a small town in Mexico after going missing 12 years ago, according to reports from New Idea.
A photograph recovered from a Mexican campsite last month by US media agency Coleman-Rayner is said to show a shirtless Patrick lounging alongside a woman.
The man in the image bears a striking resemblance to the American cameraman, who owed thousands of dollars in backdated child support payments for son Chance at the time of his disappearance.
Patrick would be 60-years-old – roughly the same age the man in the photograph appears to be.
“The widow’s peak is exact. The eyes are very similar and the ears extend down on the head the same distance. I believe it is him,” top private investigator Charlie Parker told the Australian magazine, adding that the individual in the photograph was a “90 per cent match” to Mr McDermott.
The American cameraman had been on a fishing trip off the coast of California in June, 2005 when he mysteriously vanished, with personal items, including his wallet. In November 2008, the United States Coast Guard declared him dead after concluding that Patrick had “most likely” drowned—despite not one of the other 22 passengers seeing him fall over.
The circumstances around his disappearance triggered speculations that he faked his own death. And the latest “evidence” could confirm Newton-John’s former boyfriend is, in fact, alive.
The Grease star and Patrick McDermott had 10-year on-again-off-again relationship before he went missing.
“’It was very hard, he was lost at sea and nobody really knows what happened,” the actress admitted in an interview earlier this year. “It’s human to wonder but you know, those are the things in life you have to accept and let go. Because whenever you go through difficult times, there’s always those concerns.”
She added: “But, I live on”.