Report claims that Olivia Newton-John's missing former boyfriend may have been found after 12 years

Olivia Newton-John’s former boyfriend Patrick McDermott is reportedly alive and well in Mexico after going missing 12 years ago, Australian paper New Idea reports.

According to the explosive report -- which includes photos that allegedly serve as "proof of life" -- claims that McDermott faked his own death, but US-based investigative journalists "tracked down" the man to Sayulita, a small town in Mexico.

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According to the Independent, Newton-John had previously been distraught over her former lover’s bizarre disappearance. McDermott, a Los Angeles-based cameraman, disappeared on a 2005 fishing trip off the coast of California.

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Patrick McDermott and Olivia Newton-John during 2nd Annual Penfolds Gala Black Tie Dinner - Red Carpet at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for Tourism Australia )
385570 01: Actress Olivia Newton-John poses with her boyfriend Patrick McDermott at the 10th Annual Human Rights Campaign Gala, February 17, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
385896 19: Actress Olivia Newton John, center, daughter Chloe, left, and boyfriend Patrick McDermott, right, arrive at the Los Angeles opening of 'Mamma Mia!' at the Shubert Theatre February 26, 2001 in Century City, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John (C) poses with her daughter Chloe and Patrick McDermott upon arriving February 26, 2001 for the opening night of "Mamma Mia!," a new musical based on the songs of disco supergroup ABBA, at the Los Angeles Shubert Theatre. JRHB
Patrick McDermott and Olivia Newton-John (Photo by Jeff Vespa Archive/WireImage for Tourism Australia )
Patrick McDermott and Olivia Newton-John during 2nd Annual Penfolds Gala Black Tie Dinner - Red Carpet at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for Tourism Australia )
Patrick McDermott and Olivia Newton-John (Photo by Jeff Vespa Archive/WireImage for Tourism Australia )
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Some speculated he drowned, but Dateline NBC claimed McDermott disappeared to avoid debts -- including $8,000 he allegedly owed to his ex-wife for child support.

Now a detective believes new photos that have surfaced are of McDermott, even though authorities closed the case -- and effectively declared him dead -- back in 2008.

"The widow’s peak is exact," Charlie Parker told New idea. "The eyes are very similar and the ears extend down on the head in the same distance. I believe it’s him."

Newton-John married her second husband John Easterling in 2008, and she's currently battling breast cancer.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: John Easterling (L) and singer Olivia Newton-John (R) attend the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John arrive ahead of the Olivia Newton-John Gala at Crown Palladium on September 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: John Easterling (R) and Olivia Newton-John arrive for the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: (L-R) John Easterling, Robert Irwin, naturalist Terri Irwin, TV personality Bindi Irwin and singer Olivia Newton-John attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: (L-R) John Easterling, singer Chloe Lattanzi, James Driskill and singer Olivia Newton-John attend the premiere of Syfy's 'Dead 7' at Harmony Gold on April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 23: Entertainer Olivia Newton-John (R) and her husband, John Easterling, attend Nevada Ballet Theatre's 32nd annual Black & White Ball honoring her at Wynn Las Vegas on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 09: Husband John Easterling and singer/actress Olivia Newton-John celebrate the 35th anniversary of 'Xanadu' with the world premiere of their music video 'You Have to Believe' at Share Nightclub on August 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend at Healthy Child Healthy World 'Mom On A Mission GALA' 2014 on October 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Singer Olivia Newton-John (R) and husband John Easterling attend the Mom On A Mission 6th Annual Awards & Gala at the London Hotel on October 29, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling plant a commemorative survivor/remembrance pinwheel supporting the Cancer & Wellness Centre after leading the way on this charitable walk at The Centre Ivanhoe on September 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The walk aims to raise funds for the wellness and supportive care programs provided to patients. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling supports the Cancer & Wellness Centre by leading the way on this charitable walk at The Centre Ivanhoe on September 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The walk aims to raise funds for the wellness and supportive care programs provided to patients. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 11: John Easterling, Olivia Newton-John, Pat Farrar and John Farrar attend the after party of Olivia Newton-John's new show 'Summer Nights' at Flamingo Las Vegas on April 11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10: Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling arrive at the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Olivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling kiss as they arrive at the inaugural ONJ Gala to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Regent Plaza Ballroom on September 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling arrive for the G'Day USA Black Tie Gala held at at the JW Marriot at LA Live on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Australian actress, Olivia Newton-John and her husband, John Easterling prepare to lead the inaugural Wellness Walk on September 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The event will raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 26: Olivia Newton-John (R) and her husband John Easterling attends the IPL 500 Festival Parade at on May 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 28: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend 'A Few Best Men' Premiere during the 6th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 28, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend the Australians in Film screening of 'A Few Best Men' held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pickford Centre on October 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling pose as she promotes 'Livwise' at Barnes & Noble 18th Street on April 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling attend the '1 A Minute' LIVE Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure' premiere at Woodbury University on October 6, 2010 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 16: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend Honoring The Promise celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Promise at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on October 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22: John Easterling, Actors, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Kelly Preston arrive at the G'Day USA Australia Week 2011 Black Tie Gala at Hollywood Palladium on January 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: John Easterling and singer/actress Olivia Newton-John attend the Opening Night Party during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at Spice Route on September 9, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling arrive at the 2010 Precious Metal Ball in support of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at Peninsula, the Docklands on May 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Amazon John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John arrive at G'Day USA 2010 Los Angeles Black Tie Gala held at Hollywood & Highland on January 16, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 06: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling arrive at the Airport on October 6, 2009 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Newton-John arrives in Germany to participate in a breast cancer prevention month. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 02: Olivia Newton-John (R) and husband John Easterling (L) visit FOX's 'The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet' at FOX studios on April 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
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