TN RILEY STRAIN: Missing from Nashville, TN - 8 March 2024 - Age 22 *Found Deceased*

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College senior, 22, reported missing after walking off from Luke Bryan's Nashville bar
A family is frantically searching for their son, a University of Missouri student, who hasn't been seen since last Friday after leaving a Broadway bar. Metro Police report Riley Strain, 22, left Luke Bryan’s bar at 301 Broadway, intoxicated, after he was asked to leave.

Strain is a senior at the university, majoring in finance. As of Tuesday, he has been missing for four days.

Strain traveled with his fraternity brothers to Nashville for a convention. He told his friends he’d walk back to their hotel, the Tempo by Hilton, about five blocks away. The bar staff felt he had too much to drink, according to his family. Strain's stepfather Chris Whiteid said there was no hostility.

However, it appears Strain went in the opposite direction when he left, about 9:45 p.m. His cell phone last pinged around 10 to 10:30 p.m. near Public Square Park, close to Gay Street and the river.

Strain’s phone pinged on the Life360 and Snapchat apps, and from Verizon’s tower about 30 to 45 minutes after he left the bar. However, Strain’s phone has not been active since.

When Strain’s friends returned to the hotel later that night, they assumed he was in another room. However, the next morning, when they realized Strain had not returned, they called his parents and police.

Strain’s family drove immediately from Missouri when they were told he was missing. Metro police and Strain’s relatives combed nearby streets downtown, parking garages, hospitals, and along the river. However, there has been no reported sign of the young man, who is 6 feet 7 inches, and about 160 pounds, according to his stepfather.

Police release surveillance video of missing Mizzou student last seen in Nashville​

Nashville police released surveillance video of a missing University of Missouri student on Tuesday.

The video was captured Friday night, when 22-year-old Riley Strain disappeared.

In the video, Strain, seen in a two-toned shirt, crosses the street (right to left across the screen), checking his phone. He stops and changes directions for a minute before proceeding down the street.


MEDIA - RILEY STRAIN: Missing from Nashville, TN - 8 March 2024 - Age 22
 
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All I have to say to that is they were in the throes of grief and panic and I doubt they claimed 12 hours and such without getting that from somewhere and when panicked and stressed, and even with the first flush of something happening, news gets, to wrong, even LE sometimes get it wrong before all have talked.

They heard this from LE or somewhere imo. Also how many fraternity brothers were there and people on this trip? Is he saying all were home by 1:30, out looking for him in the rain and none were still drunk or out partying and he talked to all? Let's add they went to a detention center and not a police station which may have been a total accident as not knowing the area and what was what, then walked across town to an actual one and now this says LE did not react or show up.

I suspect some of both versions are true. He's also unsure if any of them reached out or talked to the parents and he doesn't know that why? He was hired by them no?

I don't blame the other kids or think they are at fault and I certainly don't fault the parents either.

Anyone online accusing them I find ridiculous. Not for a moment have I ever thought one thing like that. I wouldn't say the parents caused that though, these are scum idiots that say such things online.

And I ALSO recall mom sticking up for these kids so this seems a bit not fair. But if just one side of it is true well then LE has some answering to do in Nashville for the fact they couldn't get an officer to help or respond. Which is true? Who knows but that would explain the parents thought on the long delay, maybe LE told them one thing and some of these kids told the private investigator another thing. Not unusual in a first flush of a major tragedy or missing "child" etc.

I saw it, never got time to read it all, couldn't see or figure out how to enlarge all the pages but know his BAC was over 2 and that he had TCH in his system as well. I know Luke's employee/s claimed to have only served him one drink and two waters. That would remain to be seen as well as what kind of drink. Maybe that's know, I don't know. I do know as most of us do in places like this you can buy like seven shot speciality drinks, etc. with how many different boozes in them. I can recall when a friend of mine had ONE Long Island Iced Tea and how fast things turned. Don't know if she was naive and thought this was a one shot drink and mainly tea or what. DECADES ago. Just one drink doesn't necessarily mean one legal shot drink.

Anyhow, whatever comes, comes of the truth of all of the above parts here I talk of.

This was imo more than likely an accident with no one involved, I'm on that page of most. I will say however that when there is not absolute proof like him going in the river on video, no water was it in the lungs, debit card on shore, pants missing, etc. that it should e undetermined. I don't care if it is LIKELY and MOST LIKELY, it is not conclusive. They (some) do this constantly with drownings and also rule suicides when no way can it be TOTALLY known. And for me that deserves an undetermined. PROVE it to me.

And I do believe it was most likely an accident with no one else involved. Doesn't matter though, it can't be shown to be. And I think it's wrong to give a conclusion in such cases. JMHO.

I'm no murderer and never will be as I want to see everyone I love again that has passed and many reasons I would NEVER but if I was one, I'd know drowning would be a sure bet that it would likely be ruled accidental with no other apparent cause. It happens ALL OF THE TIME and I don't believe for one minute that not a single one was someone else did it. I do NOT think this happened to him but again, they can't conclude such in certainty. So it should be undetermined or even "likely" accidental, not that they get to do "likelys".
 
RIP Riley and rest assured that your mom wanted every answer like any mom would and turned over every stone for you.

Not going to comment on the investigation, is up to the parents as to what to say but then he says a lot and chose certain things to touch on.

A tragedy. This wasn't a kid that joined a gang. Wasn't running drugs. Was not living some high risk lifestyle. His friends either I'd think.

A culmination of things. An almost rite of passage, old enough, an adult for all to plan a drinking and partying trip.

Some see the excusing of the friends and I agree, and don't blame them, him or anyone, but what I do see in it is a subtle blaming of the bar...
 
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He did not trip down the stairs and the "security guard" sure wasn't in control of him or covering him. He was going on his own. Just a guy smaller than he walking down the stairs with him with no issues or so it would seem. No BIG bouncer type. And absolutely no interaction or problem.

Checking his phone, making it down the stairs and seems passive enough to me.

So claims of being verbally aggressive to staff, no sound of course, prior to that.

I'm trying to look at it from the other point of view. He seems compliant, cooperative. In fact guy walking him down and he seem to have no interaction at all, he is on his phone probably trying to reach friends saying what? I'm out of here? I'll meet you where? What way is the hotel? As a parent I'd want all these answers.

Where are the rest of the videos/coverage? What served and when, etc.

I don't tend to think there was foul play here but I do get the parent/s wanting every stone overturned. if you are a parent that thinks you would not, then I challenge that there is something wrong with you. I have no problem WHATSOEVER understanding his mom, and so on.

He was on his phone on the way down the stairs and so was that to any friend in the bar that could have went and joined him?

Not blaming, just asking.

Why would the one with him need to go find the rest? Just stay with Riley, the rest are together. It's not like you needed backup in some brawl. But again, unfair, i am sure he could second guess himself and all could. Like any of us have never had a moment in life we wish we had made a different choice and if anyone claims they can't think of one, they are a liar imo.

I know, I know, sounds judgmental But isn't every single case like this where we all have something talked of and drilled in when raising kids, you don't leave a single ONE person alone, the BUDDY system. It isn't like there was some brawl and the friend needed help from the rest of the bunch to handlle it. Just go out with him. Deal with him there and text from there or figure from there. But again, don't we all say we'd do different when something happens... Just don't leave your friend alone.

Now I recall it being said the bar didn't let the friend or friends go out with him and I don't see a thing here stopping that. On the other hand I also don't see Riley doing anything obviously bad. So this in summary shows me nothing. Nada. Zilch.

And this video does not show drinks made or served nor anything else, just claims he was abusive vocally to staff or some such. He looks pretty compliant walking out without a word said. Shorter smaller guy than him walking down the stairs side by side with neither paying any attention really to the other... No one seemed to stop the friend from going with.

In summary this doesn't show sh*t imo.

All that said, I do believe this was most likely a tragic accident. However, I am not necessarily buying the bar stuff, friend stuff, etc.

Still that doesn't mean that I think foul play was involved.
 
He did not trip down the stairs and the "security guard" sure wasn't in control of him or covering him. He was going on his own. Just a guy smaller than he walking down the stairs with him with no issues or so it would seem. No BIG bouncer type. And absolutely no interaction or problem.

Checking his phone, making it down the stairs and seems passive enough to me.

So claims of being verbally aggressive to staff, no sound of course, prior to that.

I'm trying to look at it from the other point of view. He seems compliant, cooperative. In fact guy walking him down and he seem to have no interaction at all, he is on his phone probably trying to reach friends saying what? I'm out of here? I'll meet you where? What way is the hotel? As a parent I'd want all these answers.

Where are the rest of the videos/coverage? What served and when, etc.

I don't tend to think there was foul play here but I do get the parent/s wanting every stone overturned. if you are a parent that thinks you would not, then I challenge that there is something wrong with you. I have no problem WHATSOEVER understanding his mom, and so on.

He was on his phone on the way down the stairs and so was that to any friend in the bar that could have went and joined him?

Not blaming, just asking.

Why would the one with him need to go find the rest? Just stay with Riley, the rest are together. It's not like you needed backup in some brawl. But again, unfair, i am sure he could second guess himself and all could. Like any of us have never had a moment in life we wish we had made a different choice and if anyone claims they can't think of one, they are a liar imo.

I know, I know, sounds judgmental But isn't every single case like this where we all have something talked of and drilled in when raising kids, you don't leave a single ONE person alone, the BUDDY system. It isn't like there was some brawl and the friend needed help from the rest of the bunch to handlle it. Just go out with him. Deal with him there and text from there or figure from there. But again, don't we all say we'd do different when something happens... Just don't leave your friend alone.

Now I recall it being said the bar didn't let the friend or friends go out with him and I don't see a thing here stopping that. On the other hand I also don't see Riley doing anything obviously bad. So this in summary shows me nothing. Nada. Zilch.

And this video does not show drinks made or served nor anything else, just claims he was abusive vocally to staff or some such. He looks pretty compliant walking out without a word said. Shorter smaller guy than him walking down the stairs side by side with neither paying any attention really to the other... No one seemed to stop the friend from going with.

In summary this doesn't show sh*t imo.

All that said, I do believe this was most likely a tragic accident. However, I am not necessarily buying the bar stuff, friend stuff, etc.

Still that doesn't mean that I think foul play was involved.
It has been said that he told his friends that he was just going to walk back to his room. I'm not sure why an adult would need babysitting for that. They were staying just a few blocks away and did not expect him to not be able to find his way back and were not ready to quit their night out at 10:30 because one of them couldn't. After seeing this very video, I can totally see that they didn't have any reason to even think that he was too messed up to get back and sleep it off. One that is an adult and doing adult things needs to have personal accountability for themselves. I can't put any blame on his friends for his own actions and decisions he made himself - an adult.
 
It has been said that he told his friends that he was just going to walk back to his room. I'm not sure why an adult would need babysitting for that. They were staying just a few blocks away and did not expect him to not be able to find his way back and were not ready to quit their night out at 10:30 because one of them couldn't. After seeing this very video, I can totally see that they didn't have any reason to even think that he was too messed up to get back and sleep it off. One that is an adult and doing adult things needs to have personal accountability for themselves. I can't put any blame on his friends for his own actions and decisions he made himself - an adult.
I'm not blaming anyone, just trying to see what was what.

And yes, personal accountability always, no doubt.

However, when did he tell his friend he was gong to walk back to the room, when he was walking down the stairs on his phone? I want to know. Also why did the friend with him care if as you say there was no reason to worry seeing this video and it is said went to tell the other friends but by the time he could, too late? This video is also no proof in any way shape or form he did a darned things wrong or worse than any bunch of drinking people in a bar like that did that night. It shows nothing other than a compliant Riley.

I am not blaming the friends nor even thinking foul play so much as just pointing things out that can't be shown, aren't proven, are not known, etc. and hoping a kid next time if the only one near a friend stays with him if the rest of the group is together elsewhere. And I don't mean that in a blaming way. He could have exited with him and these days both could have texted the remaining friends.

I distinctly recall it said the friend was not allowed to go with him. I did not see this here.

In summary, as I said, this video doesn't prove much of anything other than Riley was cooperative and had his phone while he went down the stairs.
 

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