22-Year-Old Visiting Downtown Nashville Last Friday Remains Missing

Mar 13, 2024 at 12:31 am by WGNS News

Photo: Downtown Nashville along the river. Top right: Riley Strain.


NASHVILLE, TN - Rescue crews searched the Cumberland River for Riley Strain, a University of Missouri Senior, amidst concerns he may have entered the frigid waters. Police confirmed, through video evidence, that one of the last places he was spotted was on the sidewalk running parallel to the river, which is across from Nissan Stadium and along 1st Avenue.


In one video, he was visibly stumbling, seemingly losing his balance. Strain, standing 6'7" tall and weighing between 155 and 160 pounds, was in downtown Nashville with fraternity friends when he was ejected from Luke Bryan's bar on Broadway. After he was out of the bar, a friend of his called him. That friend relayed to authorities that Strain told him he was going back to his hotel room. His last sighting was at the country music bar on Friday night and he never made it back to his room. The following day, his friends reported him missing.

Strain was captured on video on Church Street this past Friday night, merely six minutes before his cellphone ceased activity at 9:47 PM. It appears he was heading towards the Cumberland River. However on Tuesday, Metro Police confirmed there was no sign of the 22-year-old at the river.

Anyone with information that could aid in locating Strain is urged to contact the Metro Police Department promptly.


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