A rep for Newton-John could not immediately be reached today. Though the actress was bereft after McDermott disappeared, she has since found a new partner in millionaire John Easterling, whom she married last summer.
Klein said in January that he believed McDermott staged his death to escape from mounting debt and enable a son from his previous marriage, Chance, to collect on his $100,000 life insurance policy.
"He was two months behind in his rent at his home. His disability payments from getting injured on the job as a gaffer had stopped. He had reached rock bottom," Klein said.
When he and his Texas-based team launched the investigation into McDermott's whereabouts, Klein discovered that McDermott's life insurance policy "is in full force and effect. The premiums have been paid every month. There has also been an inquiry by a person or persons in an attempt to possibly file a claim on the insurance money."
After setting up www.findpatrickmcdermott.com, to track the location of those who visit it by recording IP addresses, Klein leaked news of the Web site to McDermott's friends and family. The site started getting a string of hits from port cities in Mexico and South America.
"Sayulita, Mexico, is where many of the hits were coming from," Klein said. "We got to Sayulita, we began to show his picture around to witnesses in the area, and we found people who said, 'Yeah, I know him, he comes here all the time.' We have witnesses, including five Americans, willing to give us signed affidavits that they've seen him.'
"He asked waiters to put him in corners, he had changed his appearance once or twice," Klein said. "He's moving as a lone wolf."