Newton-John's Nephew Reveals His Theory on Missing Boyfriend
October 7, 2005

It's the mystery gripping the nation: Patrick McDermott, longtime love of the legendary Olivia Newton-John, vanishes off the California coastline. "Extra" sat down exclusively with Newton-John's nephew, Emerson Newton-John, who gave us his take on the tragedy.

"I hate to say it, but I can't imagine that there's going to be a good outcome," Emerson admitted. "I think [Olivia] is getting emotionally hit as hard with it now as the day she found out about it. The more it sinks in the harder it gets because there's no closure."

The lack of closure may have something to do with McDermott and Olivia Newton-John's recent breakup, Emerson said.

"He was really good to her," Emerson told us. "She was really good to him. But I don't think that she saw it as something that was going to work for her long term."

Then came that ill-fated fishing trip on June 30th. "No one saw him I guess past dinner," Emerson said. "I guess it was a bunk-bed type of set up. He had dinner; everyone went in their bunks and that was basically it."

Speculation as to what exactly happened to McDermott runs from suicide to McDermott faking his own death. But Emerson told us, "The guy is not missing. He's not in Jamaica right now. He's not in Tijuana. He's not on some island. It's unfortunately a lot worse than that."

Recent headlines have suggested that McDermott may have been facing financial problems, as he was involved in an ongoing battle with his ex-wife over child support. But Emerson doesn't believe that had anything to do with his disappearance.

"That just wouldn't make any sense at all," he said. "He's not that kind of guy. He's a responsible father."

For now, the truth will remain a mystery as investigators continue to search for Patrick McDermott.

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