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Intensified Search for Riley Strain Following Discovery of Bank Card Near Nashville's Riverfront Park

Published March 18, 2024
2 months ago

The search for the missing University of Missouri student, Riley Strain, took a pivotal turn on Sunday when authorities located a crucial piece of evidence. Nashville Police discovered Strain's bank card on an embankment between Gay Street and the Cumberland River, near Riverfront Park. Strain, aged 22, disappeared on March 8th during a visit to Nashville and was last seen at Luke Bryan's bar on Gay Street.

The discovery of the bank card was shared by the Nashville Police on X (formally known as Twitter), reaffirming their continued efforts in the search for Strain. Prior to the finding, Strain was with his Delta Chi fraternity brothers for a formal event, and according to Michelle Whiteid, Strain's mother, he had been enjoying the evening out, as seen in pictures he shared.

Surveillance footage shed light on Strain's last known movements, revealing him alone and stumbling on a nearby street at 9:46 p.m., before appearing to run and fall. Despite this worrying footage, Nashville Police Sgt. Robert Nielsen has stated there is no evidence of foul play or altercations involving Strain on the night of his disappearance.

The search has been extensive, with authorities employing foot patrols, drones, and boats outfitted with sonar equipment. As the investigation deepens, Strain’s parents, alongside his stepparents, have joined the search in Nashville, determined to bring their son home safely.

Further complicating the case, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has opened an investigation into whether there was any wrongdoing in the serving of alcohol to Strain, as state law forbids serving to individuals who are visibly intoxicated.

Both the University of Missouri and the Delta Chi Fraternity have expressed their deep concern for Strain's wellbeing, offering their support to the family and assisting in search efforts.

The investigation continues, and community efforts to locate Riley Strain are bolstered by support from local authorities and establishments, including the TC Restaurant Group, which is aiding in the investigation by supplying security footage from the night of Strain's disappearance.

As the struggle to uncover his whereabouts persists, the community is urged to come forward with any information that might lead to finding Riley Strain by contacting Nashville Crime Stoppers.

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