JANUARY 28 2009 13:13h
According to private investigators, McDermott faked his drowning to avoid paying debts and so his son could get insurance money.
Patrick McDermott, the former partner of Olivia Newton-John, who was believed to have drowned in June 2005, has faked his own death, according to claims of private investigators, the Daily Mail reported.
According to private detectives, McDermott is alive and is currently in South America. He allegedly faked his own death so he could avoid paying off his debts and so his son could collect his life insurance money in the amount of 151,000 dollars.
Almost four years ago, McDermott sailed off on his fishing boat “The Freedom” and has never been seen since. An extensive investigation gave no results, so the U.S. Coast Guard concluded that the 48-year-old film-maker most probably drowned.
The American television network NBC’s “Dateline” show hired private investigators to probe McDermott’s disappearance and now they believe they are on the way to solving the four-year-old mystery.
- He's alive. There's no doubt in my mind, this guy's alive. Maybe in his mind if he stages his death, the insurance policy will pay off his debts and he can leave his child a gift by pretending he's dead – lead investigator Phillip Klein said.
The investigators believe they have located McDermott via an internet site findpatrockmcdermott.com. Their goal was to have the fugitive looking over his shoulder wondering if anybody was on his trail. The investigators used the site to see from where people were logging onto the web site.
The detectives became suspicious when they noticed that the web site was very frequently being visited from South America. Now the investigators firmly believe that McDermott is in Mexico and their suspicions have been confirmed by 17 witnesses who said they saw Patrick there.