Death of Olivia Newton-John: Mystery of Patrick McDermott, former lover who disappeared at sea

The mysterious fate of Olivia Newton-John’s on-again, off-again lover haunted the singer in her later years after she disappeared without a trace, amid lurid claims she faked her own death.

Patrick McDermott, 48, went fishing overnight with 22 other people on June 30, 2005, but disappeared before making it back to dry land without anyone noticing.

For nearly two decades afterward, it was rumored that he was holed up in Mexico, fleeing crushing debts.

But repeated hunts by police, media and private detectives have never been able to find any conclusive evidence, despite constant reports that he has been seen.

“I don’t think I’m ever really at peace with it,” Newton-John admitted.

“I think there will always be a question mark.”

The mysterious fate of Olivia Newton-John's on-again, off-again lover Patrick McDermott haunted the singer in her later years after he disappeared without a trace amid claims he faked his own death.

The mysterious fate of Olivia Newton-John’s on-again, off-again lover Patrick McDermott haunted the singer in her later years after he disappeared without a trace amid claims he faked his own death.

She hooked up with McDermott after her 1995 divorce from her first husband, Matt Lattanzi, and began a nine-year on-and-off romance with the cameraman.

Newton-John was on a promotional tour in Australia when McDermott disappeared and it was another week after the fishing trip before he realized he was gone.

The crew of his fishing boat had found the American’s car keys, passport and wallet aboard the boat and his car was found parked at the San Pedro Marina in Los Angeles.

But no one realized he was missing until he showed up at a family event on July 6, and police were finally called on July 11.

By then though the trail had gone cold, and investigators found nothing.

McDermott had been briefly married and the father of a son, and was recently ordered by a court to pay $8,000 in retroactive child support.

Olivia Newton-John (seen here with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi) hooked up with Patrick McDermott after their 1995 divorce and began a nine-year on-and-off romance with the cameraman.

Olivia Newton-John (seen here with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi) hooked up with Patrick McDermott after their 1995 divorce and began a nine-year on-and-off romance with the cameraman.

Patrick McDermott, 48, went fishing overnight with 22 others on June 30, 2005, but disappeared before the boat 'Freedom' made it back to dry land without anyone noticing.

Patrick McDermott, 48, went fishing overnight with 22 others on June 30, 2005, but disappeared before the boat ‘Freedom’ made it back to dry land without anyone noticing.

He filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $30,000, sparking speculation that he had faked his death to escape and start over.

A Coast Guard investigation admitted that “they found no evidence of criminal action, suicide, accident, or deception in McDermott’s disappearance.”

A three-year investigation into the ‘Freedom’ fishing boat found that no head count was conducted on the day of the voyage, causing McDermott’s disappearance to go unnoticed.

Both probes concluded that McDermott was probably lost at sea overnight.

But eyewitnesses continued to report seeing him around Mexico, where he was said to be living on a yacht off the coast of Sayulita and Acapulco.

Television companies repeatedly sent undercover film crews and private detectives to search for him and set up sophisticated booby traps on online websites to track him down.

For nearly two decades afterward, he was rumored to be in hiding in Mexico, fleeing crushing debts, and was said to be living on a yacht off the Mexican coast in Sayulita.

For nearly two decades afterward, he was rumored to be in hiding in Mexico, fleeing crushing debts, and was said to be living on a yacht off the Mexican coast in Sayulita.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing Patrick McDermott in Mexico, including in Acapulco.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing Patrick McDermott in Mexico, including in Acapulco.

an investigator John Nazarian insisted in 2016: ‘It is rumored that he was with a German citizen. I talked to people there.

“The girl I was traveling with was described as having a German accent.

“To jump to the conclusion that he fell off the boat, and no one supposedly saw him fall off the boat, is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.”

However, all pursuits proved fruitless and McDermott remained elusive.

Photographs of a man and woman said to be McDermott and her new lover in Mexico were published in 2017 by New Idea magazine.

But the claims were undone weeks later when a Canadian couple came forward to say they were the people in the photograph.

Olivia Newton-John left the tragedy behind to move on with her life, meeting her future husband John Easterling and marrying him in an Inca ritual in Peru in 2008.

Olivia Newton-John left the tragedy behind to move on with her life, meeting her future husband John Easterling and marrying him in an Inca ritual in Peru in 2008.

Olivia Newton-John left the tragedy behind to move on with her life, meeting her future husband John Easterling and marrying him in an Inca ritual in Peru in 2008.

But the mystery continued to haunt her in the years that followed, though she had resigned herself to the fact that McDermott was most likely dead.

“It was lost at sea and no one really knows what happened,” Newton-John told 60 Minutes in 2016.

It is human to wonder. Because every time you go through difficult times, there are always those worries.

‘Those are the things in life that you have to accept and let go. Of course, questions always arise and that is human.

But you know, I’m still living.

WHAT HAPPENED TO OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN’S LOST LOVER?

Theories have been raging for nearly two decades about the fate of Olivia Newton-John’s on-and-off lover, 48-year-old movie cameraman Patrick McDermott.

He disappeared on a 22-hour overnight fishing trip on the boat ‘Freedom’ from the San Pedro Marina in Los Angeles on June 30, 2005.

The ship’s crew found his car keys, wallet, and passport on board after all other passengers disembarked the next day, and his car was found parked nearby.

The team hadn’t done a count, so no one noticed he was missing for another week when he didn’t show up for a family event, and police alerted nearly a week later.

Since then, there has been speculation as to what happened to him, with investigators unable to find any evidence of a crime, suicide, hoax, or accident on the fishing trip.

Authorities believe he simply fell overboard and drowned, but conspiracy theorists insist he may have had another ship lined up to meet him offshore.

Others believe that he may have left his belongings on the ship before slipping, possibly even before he left port, without realizing it.

Private detectives created a FindPatrickMcDermott.com website to try to catch the missing American to give himself away, pinpointing the location of everyone who accessed the site.

Olivia Newton-John has been in contact with McDermott's ex-wife, Yvette Nipar (pictured), about the fate of the missing American cameraman.

Olivia Newton-John has been in contact with McDermott’s ex-wife, Yvette Nipar (pictured), about the fate of the missing American cameraman.

A burst of web traffic from the Sayulita area on Mexico’s west coast prompted a search for him there to no avail.

Others say they saw him living on a yacht off the coast of Acapulco, 1,000 km further south.

An investigator claimed to have found and spoken to him in 2009, claiming he just wanted to be left alone, but the claim was unsubstantiated.

Another claimed to have categorical proof that he was alive and was about to reveal it, but never did.

Over the years there have been at least 20 sightings of it in Mexico and Central America, but many have turned out to be false.

A set of photos of a supposedly distinctive-looking McDermott couple, who were half Korean and adopted at the age of two, turned out to be a Canadian couple.

His ex-wife Yvette Nipar, the mother of his son Chance, pleaded for the speculation to end for her son’s sake.

He pleaded with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to block the publication of a book by private eye Philip Klein about his ex’s disappearance.

“My son has been through enough emotional torment over this,” Nipar wrote, calling Klein a “serial liar.”

‘You still have to be able to move on.due to Mr. Klein’s continued effort to keep it in the public eye.

Rest in peace.

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