And if so, why? Was it to escape crushing debt, or an unhappy relationship? Even worse, is this whole story wishful thinking on the part of a Dateline ratings ploy?
Patrick McDermott was Olivia Newton-John's boyfriend for nine years before he disappeared while boating off the coast of California. Much was made of the fact that his body was never found, and more than a few people considered it a suspicious disappearance. Olivia, after a period of uncertainty and mourning, moved on and eventually married someone else.
But what if Patrick really is still alive? A group of US investigators believes that he did in fact stage his death to get out from under a mountain of bills he couldn't pay. By "dying" those obligations would be wiped clean, and his son could inherit a $100,000 life insurance policy. This group, which specializes in finding those who don't want to be found, claims he's been traveling along the West coast of Mexico and South America, where they've obtained confirmed sightings of the not-so-dead-after-all man.
The investigators also set up a website - findpatrickmcdermott.com - and are tracking the IP addresses of those who log in. They say're getting a lot of hits from the Cabo area, but most interestingly, someone from Olivia's camp seems to be checking in from wherever she's traveling, leading them to believe that she's in on the whole thing. Wouldn't that make her a party to insurance fraud, among other criminal charges? Nobody is worth being that hopelessly devoted to.