Oh, how I have missed Patrick McDermott stories. It used to be that at least annually I could expect to be sent a link to or given a top about Patrick McDermott and dutifully write about it. Then, after a spate of television news magazine stories, the craze kind of died out. Do I believe the guy is alive? Yep. Now, that being said, a lot of you are asking wtf is Patrick McDermott.
Back in June 2005, Patrick was dating Olivia Newton John. They had been dating for nine years. He decided to go out on a fishing boat overnight off the coast of Mexico. In 2008, he was declared legally dead and the official cause of death was drowning. no body was ever found.
Weekly magazine Woman’s Day claims that fresh evidence confirms previous reports that McDermott is living in Mexico, having settled down with a European girlfriend. Investigator John Nazarian (who is always one of the two sources for these stories) told the publication: “It’s rumored he was with a German national. I spoke to people there. The girl he was travelling with was described as having a German accent. 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.”
McDermott was 48 at the time he went missing from the fishing boat Freedom, which had set off from San Pedro Marina for a fishing expedition on June 30th, 2005. None of the 22 passengers saw McDermott go overboard during the trip, and he was not reported missing until a week later when Newton-John contacted authorities after he failed to show up for a family gathering. Newton-John had been in the middle of a promotional tour in Australia when McDermott vanished from the boat which is why it took her so long to realize he had gone missing.
Investigators also revealed that McDermott disappeared shortly after filing for bankruptcy, having unpaid debts totaling more than $30,000 at the time. Among these debts was $8,000 in child support owed to his ex-wife Yvette Nipar for their son, Chance. The investigators also discovered that McDermott – who is of Korean descent – secured a second passport in his birth name Patrick Kim and withdrew life savings from two bank accounts just before vanishing.