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New 'Unsolved Mysteries' Volume Hopes To Solve More Cases, Show Creator Says
Executive producer Terry Dunn Meurer told Oxygen.com that she hopes viewers can help solve these new cases, including the deaths of "Buffalo Jim" Barrier, Patrick Lee Mullins and Tiffany Valiante.
A new season of “Unsolved Mysteries” is about to drop and its creator is hoping that viewers can turn the new episodes into, well, more solved mysteries.
Beginning on Oct. 18, three of the nine new episodes will drop on Netflix. Another three will be released on the streaming platform on Oct. 25 before the final three hit it on Nov. 1. In true “Unsolved Mysteries” fashion, the episodes are a mix of true crime — unsolved murders, unexplained deaths and missing person cases — and paranormal phenomena.
Show creator and executive producer Terry Dunn Meurer previously told Oxygen.com that of the more than 1,310 cases the show has covered over the years, they have solved over 260 cases. Since Netflix revived the show in 2020, “Unsolved Mysteries” has received “thousands of tips from people" about the new episodes, Meurer told Oxygen.com.
Meurer noted that they also received a lot of tips on Lester Eubanks, a killer and fugitive whose vanishing was profiled in 2020. She said she recently spoke to the U.S. Marshals “and they are absolutely confident that he is alive and that they will make an arrest in that case.”
Meurer told Oxygen.com that she is hoping that these new nine episodes can create movement in even more cases.
“We’re just hoping there’s that viewers who have been sitting on a tip or an instinct can come forward on these cases to see if we can get them solved,” she said of the third volume of the Netflix revival. “That’s the mission of the series and that’s what we hope will happen.”
“Mystery at Mile Marker 45” — the first episode to drop — examines the death of 18-year-old volleyball star Tiffany Valiante who was hit by a train in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Her case was quickly deemed a suicide but her family and a team of pro bono experts believe she was murdered; they theorize that her body was put on the tracks to destroy the evidence of that murder.
“They [her family] would like her manner of death, which is right now listed as suicide, to be changed to undetermined and they would like an official investigation to happen,” Meurer told Oxygen.com.
“Body in Bags,” the third episode to be released on Oct. 18, focuses on the murder of 39-year-old David Carter. His girlfriend Tamera Williams, who is a suspect in his case after his remains were found in bags in a remote area of Ohio, is still unaccounted for.
In “Death in a Vegas Motel,” the show investigates the death of the charismatic Las Vegas staple “Buffalo Jim” Barrier, who was found dead at age 55 in a local motel. While authorities ruled his death a drug-related accident, anonymous threats sent prior to his led his family to think that perhaps he was the victim of a “hit.” The show was one of two viewer-submitted shows featured in this volume, submitted by Barrier’s friend Bill Anderson.
“What Happened to Josh?” which will be released a week later, focuses on the 2002 vanishing of 20-year-old Joshua Guimond, who disappeared after attending a party on the campus of St. John’s University in Minnesota.
“I think the thing that was exciting about that case is that law enforcement had dug new information and there was something new that we could present to viewers in that case,” Meurer told Oxygen.com.
“Body in the Bay,” a case brought to the attention of “Unsolved Mysteries” by the wife of the subject, examines the death of Patrick Lee Mullins, a librarian and experienced boater whose body was found floating in Tampa Bay. Similar to the death of Valiante, his case was ruled a suicide but his family suspects something more sinister.