Unsolved Mysteries update: Second mystery caller revealed in Rey Rivera case

Unsolved Mysteries key art. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.)
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Unsolved Mysteries updated: Second mystery caller in the Rey Rivera case

One of the most haunting episodes of the Unsolved Mysteries reboot was the very first one, “Mystery on the Rooftop,” about the Rey Rivera cold case.

To quickly recap the episode of the Netflix show, one afternoon, Rey Rivera received a call at home, left soon after, presumably because of the call, and was never seen alive again.

His wife, Allison, had been out of town on a business trip. A colleague of hers had been staying at Allison and Rey’s house. The colleague was the one who reported that Rey left abruptly upon receiving the call.

When he didn’t come back and no one could reach him, the search for an explanation, and ultimately for Rey, was on. That’s how they found his car in a parking lot near Baltimore’s Belvedere Hotel.

That led searchers to the top of a nearby parking garage adjacent to the hotel, and that’s how they spotted a hole on the roof of a lower building between the garage and the hotel. Police went to check it out and found Rey’s body.

At first, they suspected he died by suicide, but that didn’t add up, particularly the position of the hole. It was too far away from either the hotel’s roof or the parking garage to make sense.

There was also the matter of a note taped behind his home computer. Was it cryptic references of some sort? No one knows. The only thing people are fairly sure it wasn’t was a suicide note.

To be honest, I hadn’t paid much attention to that part of the case during the episode. I was so perplexed by the hole and how round it was. Not rectangular. You always see people landing horizontally in movies. The hole was only big enough for an upright body to fit through. How had Rey gone through so straight?

Not to mention the roof was metal and his unbroken phone and glasses were found on the roof near the hole. How does that make sense?

Anyway, there was much more to the case than the hole. The mystery call Rey had gotten originated from Stansberry & Associates, which was owned by Rey’s longtime friend, Porter Stansberry, who he was doing freelance work for. However, the call wasn’t able to be traced to a specific extension within the firm, so no one has any idea who called Rey.

Stansberry & Associates placed a gag order on all employees not to talk to anybody about the case. Stansberry also didn’t agree to speak with Unsolved Mysteries producers, so we may never know the connection the call that came from that firm had on Rey’s death, if any.

However, there was also another call.

The second mystery call in the Unsolved Mysteries: Rey Rivera case 

Radio Times reported that during an interview on the You Can’t Make This Up podcast, Unsolved Mysteries co-creator, Terry Dunn Meurer, introduced a second mystery caller to the case. While the police had Rey’s computer and were investigating it, someone called to inquire about it.

"“When Alison (Rivera’s wife) went to the police station to pick up Rey’s computer, the detective mentioned someone had called a couple of times and asked to pick up the computers and was very interested in the status of the computers. Alison was very troubled.”"

So who was that caller? Why did they want Rey’s computer? Do they have any connection to the first as-still-unknown caller from Stansberry & Associates?

As pointed out in the podcast, someone called Rey, and no one knows why.

I still think the hole is the most baffling part of the case, but, yes. Not knowing who made that first call, or if it had anything to do with Rey dying, is also baffling.

Will the mystery callers –or callers, if they’re the same person– ever reveal themselves? Time will tell, but if they do we’ll be sure to share those updates too.

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