Investigators claim to have found Olivia Newton-John's 'dead' former lover alive and well and living in Mexico. Patrick McDermott, who has been presumed dead since he disappeared on a fishing trip in 2005, has allegedly sent private detectives in the U.S. a message from Mexico.
A letter faxed on his behalf insisted that he was alive and well but begged to be left alone.
The bankrupt cameraman left Grease star Miss Newton-John heartbroken after he went on a fishing expedition around San Pedro, California, and never returned.
Items that belonged to Patrick were left on the boat, including his wallet and keys.
It was widely assumed that the 48-year-old, who had dated the singer for nine years, fell overboard and drowned.
Close friends said Miss Newton-John took years to deal with the grief and uncertainty about what had happened, amidst mounting speculation he had staged his own death to escape mounting debts.
She has since found love again with herb tycoon John Easterling, 57, and the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary last month. Over the past few years there have been 16 sightings of Patrick in Mexico. Now investigators hired to find out exactly what had happened claim they have received a fax letter sent on his behalf.
Philip Klein, the private investigator leading the probe, said he and his team have had three phone calls from people claiming to be McDermott’s representatives in the past six months.
Further evidence suggesting he faked his death has also been uncovered by detectives and the U.S. Coast Guard.
It has emerged that McDermott secured a second passport in his birth name Patrick Kim and withdrew life savings from two bank accounts before vanishing.
The most recent fax insisted he had fled California to get out of the rat race and spotlight.
It said: ‘Pat has asked that I portray to you his innocence. Pat has committed no crime. Pat simply wishes to be left alone.
‘Let him live his life in peace and harmony. He is safe and has started anew again in a new place both physically and mentally.
‘Stop this search immediately.’
Mr Klein and his team have evidence that shows McDermott now works as a deckhand in the small Mexican fishing town of Sayulita - a favourite with drifters.
They also believe he has worked on a yacht.
McDermott is divorced from former actress Yvette Nipar, and reportedly owed back child support to her for their now teenage son.
Mr Klein believes he and his team are close to tracking him down.
A spokesman for Miss Newton-John declined to comment. The singer and actress married Mr Easterling in a secret ceremony on a Peruvian mountaintop dressed in traditional Incan garb last summer.
Mr Easterling wore a poncho while she wore a 'matrimonial manta', which is similar to a small shawl.
The ceremony was conducted in the ancient language of Quechua.
She said: 'John is an extraordinary and special person, kind, sweet and loving.
'He has a lot of integrity and authenticity and I feel for him madly and deeply. He's thoughtful and attentive. He's one in a million and I couldn't be more enthralled that he is mine.
'I am the happiest woman in the world.'
The couple spent a week on honeymoon exploring Cuzco - the region's ancient capital - before holding a second civil ceremony on a beach front in Florida.
Miss Newton-John seems to have lost none of the youthful good looks that made her famous despite being dogged by personal tragedy
In 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and a year later split from husband Matt Lattanzi after he had an affair.
Her daughter Chloe has also had a highly-public battle with anorexia.
Mr Easterling is founder and chairman of natural health firm Amazon Herb Company and goes by the nickname Amazon John.
The couple met 15 years ago through mutual friends but it was only three years ago on a trip to Peru that they fell in love.