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Missing University of Missouri Student Riley Strain's Body Recovered

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Source: Courtesy of family

Strain went missing in Nashville on March 8.

Mar. 22 2024, Published 11:30 a.m. ET

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The body of missing college student Riley Strain was recovered from the Cumberland River in West Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, has learned.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said there are no signs of foul play. An autopsy is pending.

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Authorities have been searching the area Strain was last seen in.

According to Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake, the missing college student's body was discovered around 7:30 AM Friday morning, after being spotted by a worker.

"The body of Riley Strain was recovered from the Cumberland River in West Nashville this morning, approximately 8 miles from downtown," the Metro Nashville Police Department said in an X post.

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Strain's body was recovered from the Cumberland River.

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Drake noted "there is no other evidence to suggest anything other than" the college student fell into the river.

The medical examiner's office confirmed it was Strain. Police said a shirt, watch and other "identifying factors" helped them identify the body, according to CNN.

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Strain's body was recovered 8 miles downstream from where he was last seen.

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Strain disappeared after being asked to leave Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge Bar in downtown Nashville, where he was visiting on a weekend trip.

"Our records show (Strain) purchased and was served one alcoholic drink and two waters," the bar said in a statement. "At 9:35 p.m., our security team made a decision based on our conduct standards to escort him from the venue through out Broadway exit at the front of our building."

Investigators reviewed the bar's security footage to piece together a timeline of Strain's last known whereabouts.

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Security footage captured Strain crossing 1st Avenue North to Gay Street Concourse, about an eight minute walk from 32 Bridge Bar. Police searched the area and performed hospital and jail checks but were unable to locate the student.

The Mizzou student's friends said they also tried to find him after he left the bar but had no luck. They attempted to locate him using his Snapchat location but were unsuccessful. They also called him multiple times but only reached his voicemail.

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After Strain left the bar, he briefly encountered a police officer on Gay Street that was responding to "a vehicle burglary call."

The encounter was captured on police body camera footage. The officer said the college student "did not appear distressed."

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Last weekend, Strain's bank card was discovered on an embankment between Gay Street and the Cumberland River by two women who felt compelled to search the area after learning of the missing college student.

The bank card had not been used and Strain's family confirmed it belonged to him.



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