Riley Strain’s Parents Speak Publicly Following Discovery Of His Body

Riley Strain's Parents Speak Publicly Following Discovery Of His Body

Just hours following the discovery of Riley Strain’s body in the Cumberland River, his family bravely addressed the public in a deeply emotional press conference. Struggling to hold back tears, Strain’s parents and step-parents expressed profound gratitude to everyone who had offered support and assistance during their ordeal.

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Riley’s father, Ryan Gilbert, extended heartfelt thanks to all those who had worked tirelessly to keep Riley’s face in the public eye, saying, “You’ve helped us find closure and bring our boy home.”

Chris Whiteid, Strain’s stepfather, echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the overwhelming emotional journey they had been on. He added, “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions… but it has also restored our faith in humanity, which can sometimes be overshadowed by the negativity we’re often exposed to.”

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David Flagg, Director of the United Cajun Navy, also expressed gratitude to the media for their respectful handling of the situation.

During the press conference, the family chose not to disclose any further details regarding the investigation or the pending autopsy report.

Riley Strain’s body was discovered in the Cumberland River

Following an extensive two-week search, a body was found in the Cumberland River, approximately eight miles downstream from downtown Nashville. Metro Nashville Police confirmed the identity of the deceased as 22-year-old Riley Strain, the missing college student from Missouri.

The discovery was made around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 22nd, by a worker who was routinely clearing debris from the river in West Nashville. Police and medical examiner’s officials promptly responded to the scene.

Police Chief John Drake confirmed that Strain was found wearing his Apple watch and the distinctive black and white shirt he had on the night he disappeared, despite initial reports suggesting otherwise.

Riley Strain went missing after being ejected from a downtown Nashville bar

Riley Strain, visiting Nashville with members of his fraternity from the University of Missouri, was asked to leave Luke’s 32 Bridge on March 8th. The bar, owned by country music artist Luke Bryan, stated that Strain was “overserved” and violated their conduct standards, resulting in his removal.

After leaving the bar, Strain’s friends lost contact with him. He was reported missing the following day, prompting a search involving Metro Nashville Police, the United Cajun Navy, Strain’s family, and local volunteers.

The search focused mainly around the Cumberland River after surveillance footage placed him in that vicinity. His cell phone was last traced by the river around 10:00 p.m., and his debit card was discovered nine days later along the riverbank.

No evidence of foul play has been found in Riley Strain’s death

Investigators currently do not suspect foul play in Riley Strain’s disappearance and death. It is presumed that he may have fallen into the river and drowned. A comprehensive autopsy and toxicology report are expected to be conducted.

This story continues to develop – stay tuned for updates.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Riley Strain. Watch the poignant press conference below.

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