Nashville Police Release New Video Of Missing Missouri College Student Walking Towards River Minutes Before Disappearing

Riley Strain MNPD
Metro Nashville Police Department

That’s not great…

In case you missed it, Nashville police are currently searching for 22-year old Riley Strain, a student at the University of Missouri who was in Nashville along with 200+ other members of his fraternity for their formal.

But unfortunately, Strain became separated from his friends after being kicked out of Luke’s 32 Bridge, which is Luke Bryan’s bar on Broadway.

After being asked to leave the bar, Strain’s friends called him, but he told them he would just walk back to their hotel. The group was staying at the Tempo Hotel, which is just off of Broadway on 8th Avenue, just a few blocks from Luke’s bar.

But for some reason, it appears that Strain walked in the opposite direction of his hotel, because the last location that his phone pinged was near the Davidson County Courthouse at around 9:53 pm.

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Friends say when they got back to their hotel, they assumed that Strain was just in another room. But the next morning, they realized that he was missing and went to the local police precinct to file a missing persons report.

The 911 call made by Riley’s fraternity brother, Brayden Baltz, was also released, and provides more detail about what went on the night he went missing.

Now, Metro Nashville Police have released footage of Strain from just minutes before his phone stopped sharing his location.

In the video, a clearly intoxicated Strain can be seen crossing the street near Public Square Park and the Davidson County Courthouse. Strain, in his distinctive black and white shirt, is crossing 1st Ave N. and headed towards Gay Street – and towards the Cumberland River, in the opposite direction of his hotel.

MNPD reports that the video, which appears to be from a street camera, was taken at 9:47 pm, just minutes before Strain disappeared after his phone stopped sharing his location. He’s also seen talking to some of his fellow pedestrians, who I’m sure the police are working to track down in hopes of getting more information about what happened after they walked out of view of the camera.

Strain’s friends and family attempted to track his location with both the Life360 app and Snapchat, but unfortunately the phone was turned off around 10 pm on Friday night. And since then, his parents have traveled to Nashville to assist the search for their son.

The Metro Nashville Police Department posted on Twitter yesterday that they were searching for Riley, including by helicopter and searches of the riverbank along the Cumberland River where his phone last reported a location.


Police say they’ve done a search of jail and hospital records with no success, so for now the police are asking anybody with tips or who might have seen Riley on Friday night to call them at 615-862-8600 with any information.

All in all, it’s not super encouraging that the man appeared to be pretty drunk and heading towards the river. But until we hear something, we’ll just keep hoping that somehow Strain is found safe and this all turns out to just be one hell of a story that he can tell to his fraternity brothers.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock