Netflix's 'Unsolved Mysteries' Says They've Gotten 20 Credible Tips So Far

The cases of Alonzo Brooks and Rey Rivera have both seen tips.

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One of the questions I had after watching the rebooted Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix (opens in new tab) was—wait, so do any of these cases get solved? Does the publicity that results from these cases result in people coming forward? The stories often delve into terrible cases of death (opens in new tab) and loss: people missing and never found, (opens in new tab) people killed with no leads (or, some idea of who might have done it, but absolutely no evidence). But the resulting publicity might help in some cases (opens in new tab), right? Turns out the answer is—yes, absolutely. The reboot opts to do a deeper dive into a single story per episode, and the narrator-less episodes don't rely on reenactments and instead lean on subject interviews to tell the story. It's a more serious, thoughtful approach, and it made me feel much more deeply for the people involved. Thus far, this is what has resulted from the show.

Has Unsolved Mysteries ever solved a case?

According to a USA Today (opens in new tab) article (opens in new tab) dated July 4, yes! Apparently thousands of leads were submitted to NBC, CBS, and Lifetime during the original run of the show. "Executive producer Terry Dunn Meurer, who co-created the series, says more than 260 mysteries from the original were ultimately resolved with the help of tips and other factors, such as increasingly sophisticated DNA testing."

There have already been 20 "credible" tips that have come in from this season (I imagine that the probably get pranksters and non-credible leads as well), which the producers pass on to the authorities. It's kind of impressive, since there are only six episodes as of this moment, and the season was just released. The producers are hoping that maybe Unsolved Mysteries is still on people's to-do lists, and once they watch the show they'll see something or someone they recognize.

More episodes from season 1 are coming later (opens in new tab), and no word on a season 2 just yet.

Which Unsolved Mysteries cases have leads?

According to Meurer, the show has received three tips on the case of potential hate crime victim Alonzo Brooks (opens in new tab), who was killed after being accidentally abandoned at a party an hour away from his house. There have also been tips coming in regarding the death of Rey Rivera (opens in new tab), whose death was ruled a suicide but whose paranoid behavior, mysterious note (opens in new tab), and strange phone call suggest that something more sinister may be going on. The case of Lena Chapin, who disappeared before she was to testify against her mother in her stepfather's death, has also seen some promising leads, apparently. If the cases ever do get solved, I would absolutely love an episode with updates—I'm super-invested now.

If you have information about any of these cases, visit unsolved.com.

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Katherine’s a Boston-based contributor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle—from “Clueless” to Everlane to news about Lizzo. She’s been a freelancer for 11 years and has had roles with Cosmopolitan and Bustle, with bylines in Parents, Seventeen, and elsewhere. It’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.