Nashville Police Release Video Showing Missing Missouri Student Riley Strain Speaking To Officer Minutes Before He Disappeared

Riley Strain
Metro Nashville Police Department

The last known person to interact with Riley Strain?

The 22-year old University of Missouri student disappeared in Nashville last Friday after being kicked out of Luke Bryan’s bar while in town for a fraternity event. 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, and 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.

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.

And last week, Metro Nashville Police 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.

There has also been additional video released that shows Strain stumbling and even falling at one point as he crosses a parking lot, possibly hitting his head as he fell to the ground. And honestly, it’s just hard to watch.

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 last week 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. The United Cajun Navy, a group that helps with water searches, is also involved and assisting with the search for Riley.

A woman has claimed that she spotted a homeless man wearing what appeared to be Strain’s distinctive shirt days after he disappeared. And it’s also been reported that Strain was spotted by individuals at two separate homeless camps near the river on the night he disappeared, though as of right now there’s still been no sight of the missing student.

But yesterday, the first real evidence of Strain was located by two TikTokers who were searching the river bank and found Strain’s debit card, near his last known location.

And today, the Metro Nashville Police Department released video showing Strain interacting with one of their officers, close to his last known location.

In the video, Officer Reginald Young turns around as Strain walks up from behind, and the two have a short interaction as the student passes and the officer asks Strain how he’s doing:

“I’m good, how are you?”

The men then continue about their business with no further interaction.

The officer reports that Strain did not appear distressed, and that the officer remained in that area for 45 minutes on a vehicle burglary call.

The area where Strain is seen in the video is on Gay Street, south of the Woodland Street bridge.

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His last known location was on Gay Street near the James Robertson Parkway Bridge, which would have been just past the Woodland Street Bridge on the path that Strain was walking.

The video shows Strain appearing to be in a better condition than previously-released footage showing the college student stumbling and even falling at one point. And a homeless man also reported seeing the student fall into the bushes along Gay Street at one point, though he doesn’t appear to be having trouble walking during his interaction with the officer.

Either way, the only thing that’s important is finding Riley, and all we can do is hope that he comes home safe.

The Metro Nashville Police Department is asking anyone with information to call them at 615-742-7463.

A beer bottle on a dock



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