Family, police seeking man missing for a week

May 23, 2006|By NICOLE FULLER | NICOLE FULLER,SUN REPORTER

Rey O. Rivera left his Original Northwood home about 6 p.m. last Tuesday in his wife's truck, wearing a light jacket, shorts and sandals. He wasn't carrying any bags. He didn't have his credit cards.

His family and friends, including his wife of six months, Allison Jones Rivera, have not heard from the 32-year-old since.

About 3:30 p.m. yesterday, Rivera's wife's parents, who came from their Colorado home to help search, found the black 2001 Mitsubishi Montero that their son-in-law was last seen riding in. It was in a parking lot in the 1000 block of St. Paul St. in Mount Vernon and was undamaged.

"It's completely out of character," said the missing man's older brother Angel Rivera, a radio producer in Orlando, Fla., who also came to Baltimore. "He's not only going to tell you where he's going; he's going to tell you how he got there. For him to go this long and not contact any of his family or friends, it's got everyone scared."

Baltimore police, who are investigating his disappearance as a missing-person case, said there has been no activity on his cell phone or bank and credit card accounts since he was last seen.

Rivera is 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 260 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Rivera's childhood friend Porter Stansberry, owner of a Baltimore research investment firm, has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Rivera's return. Rivera's mother, who lives in Puerto Rico and his sister, from North Carolina, have also come to Baltimore to search.

"He's a happy guy," Stansberry said. "He and his wife had just booked a trip to go to New Mexico in a few weeks. This is not a man that wanted to leave. I've got to find my friend. I can't imagine my life without him. He's my best friend."

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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