Body of missing college student Riley Strain recovered from Nashville’s Cumberland River as family awaits autopsy results: Latest updates
Body of missing college student Riley Strain recovered from Nashville’s Cumberland River as family awaits autopsy results: Latest updates

Riley Strain’s mother speaks after his body is recovered

The body of missing college student Riley Strain was found in a river in Nashville, Tennessee two weeks after he disappeared.

The student’s body was pulled Friday morning from the Cumberland River, about eight miles from downtown, where he was last seen, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said.

“I’m just asking you moms to hold your babies tight tonight, please, for me,” Riley’s mother, Michelle Whiteid, said Friday night.

Authorities said no signs of foul play-related trauma were found, although an autopsy is pending.

The 22-year-old, who attended the University of Missouri, was partying with his fraternity brothers in Nashville on March 8 when he was kicked out of a bar around 10 p.m. Strain’s bank card was found a week later near the river bank.

The tragic discovery comes after Strain’s stepfather, Chris Whiteid, and family friend, Chris Dingman, told NewsNation that police showed them footage of what is believed to be his last known movement.

In the video, Strain is seen running near the river — and away from the direction of his hotel, they said.

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WATCH IT: Candlelight vigil for Riley Strain after authorities find his body

People gather and hold candlelight vigil for Riley Strain just hours after police announced his body had been found

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Two attendees look at photos of Riley Strain during a candlelight vigil Friday night

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A candlelight vigil for Riley Strain held on the same street where he was last shot alive

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Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 12:00 p.m

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ICYMI: Country music star dedicates song to Riley Strain

Musician Carly Pierce dedicated a song to Riley Strain during a performance in Missouri, the state where the 22-year-old attends school.

“I don’t feel like I can live in Nashville and be at Missouri State tonight and not say we love you Riley Strain,” Ms. Pierce said from the stage Friday night. “I just want to say that I’m thinking about his family and his friends and everyone who knows him in this room who knows him. And I want to dedicate this to them.”

Ms Pearce posted about Strain earlier this week, just two days before his body was found.

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 11:00 a.m

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The rescue agency that helped find Riley Strain is moving on to another missing person case

The United Cajun Navy, which helped authorities find and recover the body of Riley Strain on Friday, is now directing resources to a missing child case, the organization said in a statement.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to finding missing children will now help with the case of 15-year-old Sebastian Rogers, who has been missing for five weeks, according to their statement.

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 10:00 a.m

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Riley Strain’s body was still in his signature shirt

Riley Strain was still wearing his signature shirt when his body was pulled from the river, police said.

The night he was last seen in downtown Nashville, Strain was wearing a monochrome shirt.

After his disappearance, there were reports that a homeless man had found a shirt matching the description near the river bank and was later seen wearing it.

But at a news conference Friday morning, police said Strain was still wearing his shirt and watch — and that those items helped identify him.

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 08:00

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The body of missing Missouri student Riley Strain has been found in the Nashville River

Mr. Strain’s body was found about 8 miles from downtown Nashville in the Cumberland River. Workers were removing an object from the river when they came across Mr Strain’s body.

Police said Mr Strain was wearing his distinctive black and white shirt when he was found, contradicting earlier claims that the shirt had been taken and worn by a man named Ross.

Police said initial analysis of Mr. Strain’s body showed no evidence of foul play and that an autopsy was pending.

Greig GraziosiMarch 24, 2024 06:00

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A timeline of the tragic disappearance and death of Missouri student Riley Strain

Riley Strain, the 22-year-old University of Missouri student whose body was pulled from the Cumberland River on Friday, had been missing for two weeks.

from The Independent, a timeline of Strain’s disappearance, including the last times he was seen alive:

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 4:01 am

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The tragic case of Riley Strain and the TikTok detectives who tried to find him

At one point, a debit card on a river embankment was the only major clue to the disappearance of University of Missouri student Riley Strain — and it was discovered by two TikTokers.

Read more from The Independent. Andrea Cavalier:

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 03:00 AM

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The community has come together to send police 200 reports since Riley Strain went missing

In total, authorities in Nashville, Tennessee, have received more than 200 reports of Riley Strain’s disappearance since he went missing on March 8.

Now that rescue crews have pulled his body from the Cumberland River, the Nashville community has come together again to mourn the 22-year-old.

People gather and hold candlelight vigil for Riley Strain just hours after police announced his body had been found

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Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 02:00 AM

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WATCH: Riley Strain’s mother speaks out after his body is recovered

Riley Strain’s mother speaks after his body is recovered

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 01:00

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The rescue service that helped find Riley Strain is moving on to another case

The United Cajun Navy, which helped authorities find and recover the body of Riley Strain on Friday, is now directing resources to a missing child case, the organization said in a statement.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to finding missing children will now help with the case of 15-year-old Sebastian Rogers, who has been missing for five weeks, according to their statement.

Katie HawkinsonMarch 24, 2024 12:00 AM

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