The Coast Guard is investigating the disappearance of Olivia Newton-John’s longtime boyfriend, who failed to return from a sport-fishing trip off the California coast seven weeks ago.
Patrick Kim McDermott, 48, was listed as missing after he left San Pedro, 20 miles south of Los Angeles, on June 30 for the overnight trip.
Coast Guard officer Nathan Henise told The Associated Press on Monday that McDermott’s personal belongings were found on the commercial vessel.
“We’re treating it as a missing person case,” Henise said. “Everyone is being interviewed, everyone on the boat.”
McDermott was aboard the “Freedom,” which embarked with 23 passengers and three crew members, said Frank Liversedge, landing manager at the boat’s pier.
Liversedge said he called police and the Coast Guard after learning McDermott was missing and found his wallet and the other belongings in a fanny pack on the boat.
McDermott signed the passenger manifest when he boarded and was last seen eating in the galley, Chief Warrant Officer Scott Epperson told a news conference Monday afternoon. No one has told investigators they saw McDermott getting off, Epperson said.
Investigators have no leading theory of what happened and have not developed any meaningful leads, he added.
Newton-John urged anyone with information on McDermott’s disappearance to contact authorities.
“I’m hopeful that my treasured friend is safe and well, and I’m grateful to the officials who are working so hard to find Patrick, whom I love very much,” she said in a statement. “I ask anybody with information that could help to please, please come forward.”
Gavin de Becker, a spokesman for Newton-John, said the singer was in “close and frequent contact” with McDermott’s family and friends, as well as investigators.
Authorities said McDermott’s family became concerned when he didn’t attend a July 6 event. They contacted the Coast Guard after his car was found in the marina’s parking lot on July 11.
McDermott, a cameraman, and Newton-John, 56, have been together for nine years.
Newton-John, who starred in the 1978 film “Grease” opposite John Travolta, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. After she beat the disease, she recorded the album “Gaia,” documenting her experience.