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Late college student Riley Strain was found dead in the Cumberland River in West Nashville after going missing on March 8. The Nashville PD announced that there was no foul play-related trauma observed and an autopsy was pending, with the preliminary report labeling his death as “accidental”. Strain, who was 22 at the time of his death, had been on a trip to Nashville with his Delta Chi fraternity brothers. Security footage showed that Strain had turned away from his hotel and was later seen walking with a homeless man. He had also interacted with a police officer on the night of his disappearance.

Strain’s family requested a second autopsy after the release of the preliminary report, as they felt that they deserved more answers regarding his death. The family friend, Chris Dingman, stated that the first report only mentioned the finding of Strain’s watch and shirt with his body. The private autopsy confirmed that Strain’s death was labelled as “accidental” with no foul play. His stepdad, Chris Whiteid, had expressed hope for a positive outcome prior to Strain’s disappearance, as he had been in contact with the family before going missing.

Investigations into Strain’s death revealed that he had been asked to leave Luke Bryan’s Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink restaurant, where he was seen before going missing. The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission was looking into whether Strain was served alcohol while visibly intoxicated at the establishment. Bryan’s bar and its owner, TC Restaurant Group, cooperated with the investigation, but neither Bryan nor the establishment addressed the news of Strain’s death publicly. Further details on the circumstances leading to Strain’s death and the role of the restaurant in the investigation were not disclosed.

The initial report regarding Strain’s death sparked the family to request a second autopsy in search of more answers. The private autopsy confirmed the cause of death as “accidental”, with no foul play involved. Strain’s family expressed a desire for further information surrounding his death. The investigations also revealed that Strain had interacted with a homeless man and a police officer on the night of his disappearance, shedding light on his last known whereabouts before being found in the Cumberland River.

The tragic death of college student Riley Strain in Nashville raised questions and concerns surrounding the circumstances leading to his disappearance and subsequent demise. His family’s pursuit of more answers regarding his death highlighted the need for transparency and accountability in the investigation process. The involvement of a fraternity trip and the events leading up to his disappearance at a local restaurant added layers of complexity to the case. While initial reports classified his death as “accidental”, the family’s request for a second autopsy hinted at a desire for more detailed information and closure.

The investigation into Riley Strain’s death shed light on the events leading up to his disappearance in Nashville and subsequent tragic demise. The involvement of a fraternity trip, interactions with security footage, and the scrutiny of a local restaurant raised questions and concerns about the circumstances surrounding his death. The family’s pursuit of a second autopsy showcased their commitment to seeking answers and closure in the wake of their loss. The lack of public statements from relevant parties added to the mystery surrounding Strain’s death, leaving the family and the public searching for clarity in a case filled with unanswered questions.

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