The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shared two photographs of Riley Strain, 22, who went missing at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2024. (Photos provided by Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

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The body of Riley Strain, a 22-year-old from Springfield, Missouri, who had been missing since March 8, was found in the Cumberland River in west Nashville early March 22, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department confirmed on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Police say they did not observe any foul play-related trauma and an autopsy is pending, police said on X.

Strain, a senior at the University of Missouri and a graduate of Kickapoo High School, was in Nashville with fellow Delta Chi fraternity members when he was asked to leave Luke Bryan’s bar, Luke’s 32 Bridge on Broadway, for inappropriate behavior that has not been described in detail. This was at 9:36 p.m. March 8.

Strain was reportedly escorted out of the bar and soon after, when his friends left the bar, he was gone.

Strain reportedly said via phone/text that he was heading back to the hotel. But at least four surveillance cameras in the city spotted him going in the opposite direction of the hotel, toward the Cumberland River.

On March 19, a volunteer group called the United Cajun Navy, which specializes in search and rescue missions, joined the search in Nashville for Strain.

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