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Newton-John in plea to find missing beau

Man last seen boarding a fishing vessel in California

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Australian songstress Olivia Newton-John has urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of her longtime boyfriend to "please, please come forward."

Patrick Kim McDermott has been missing since June 30 when he went on an overnight fishing trip and never returned.

"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," the singer and actress said in a written statement.

"I ask anybody with information that could help to please, please come forward."

Newton-John spokesman Gavin de Becker said the Grammy award winning singer was "extremely concerned" about the whereabouts of McDermott, 48, and was staying in close touch with his family, as well as authorities.

The United States Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the matter and anyone with information is urged to call 310-732-7344.

"Right now, it's being looked at as a missing person's case, and nothing else is deviant from that," Coast Guard spokesman Scott Epperson told reporters.

According to the Coast Guard, McDermott told friends that he was going on an overnight fishing trip on a sport fishing vessel on June 30.

He was last seen aboard that vessel, which left from San Pedro Harbor south of Los Angeles.

"When McDermott failed to show up at a family event July 6, his family became concerned," a Coast Guard statement said.

The family found his vehicle in the parking lot of the San Pedro marina on July 11.

"His personal items were also still on the sport fishing vessel. The family contacted the Coast Guard immediately after this discovery," according to the statement.

Newton-John has been dating McDermott, a cameraman, for nine years.

The Coast Guard is not ruling out the possibility of foul play but concede they have few leads.

Newton-John, 56, shot to fame in the 1970s as a middle-of-the road artist but really cemented her place in the pop pantheon with her appearance as "Sandy" in the 1978 movie "Grease," playing opposite John Travolta.

McDermott's link to Newton-John was made public by the police on Sunday in a bid to generate media exposure that in turn could unearth new leads.

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