I can see the ODB2 port!!!
When I lift the steering column after loosening the tilt lever, leaving a gap between the bottom of the dashboard and the steering column, I can see the OBD2 connector towards the back of the dash, sitting on top of some insulation foam material. They obviously had to disconnect it to remove the bottom portion of the dash (for whatever reason) and didnt reinstall it properly, I am wondering if someone tried to fix the broken steering assist switch and gave up, but didnt bother to reinstall the panel properly.
At least I know it has not been physically removed (and why would have just escaped me!). I was going spare trying to locate it originally, thinking it cant be this hard!
Hopefully this problem wont affect any other owners in the same fashion, and maybe this thread may help someone else out. The tip is to lift the steering column all the way up to provide a peep hole under the dashboard, above the foam lining.
Thank you so much for your assistance this week. I appreciate the support. Catch you in other threads