Luke Bryan’s bar in Nashville says the missing 22-year-old Mizzou student had just one drink

By | March 16, 2024

Luke’s 32 Bridge + Drink, the bar where the missing 22-year-old University of Missouri student was last seen in Nashville, Tennessee, says Riley Strain had just one drink at the establishment.

Strain, a senior at MU, was last seen by friends the night of March 8 at Luke Bryan‘s bar in the busy Broadway area of ​​downtown Nashville, according to Metropolitan Nashville police.

In a statement on March 15, Luke’s 32 Bridge + Drink and its owner, TC Restaurant Group, said Strain was served one alcoholic drink and two waters before being escorted out by security.

The statement from Luke 32 Bridge + Drink said that “based on our standards of conduct” Strain was escorted out by security at 9:35 p.m. The company did not say what Strain had done to be removed.

In a March 11 statement, Nashville police shared on social media that they were still looking for Strain.

“Officers continue to work to locate missing person Riley Strain, 22, who was last seen by friends at a Broadway bar in Nashville on Friday evening,” Nashville police said, before describing Strain as “6-foot-1 tall and thinly built. , blue eyes and light brown hair.”

Strain’s mother, Michelle Whiteid, and stepfather, Chris Whiteid, told Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV on March 11 that Strain’s friends said he told them he would walk back to their hotel after being asked about Luke’s Leave 32 Bridge Food + Drink around 10 p.m. on Friday.

“Around 9:45 p.m. he was asked to leave Luke Bryan’s bar,” Chris Whiteid told the station. “They fell apart. The guys called him and he said, “I’m walking back to my hotel.” They didn’t think about it.”

Strain had been at the bar during an outing with his fraternity for a spring party.

In the March 15 statement, the bar’s owners said Strain was escorted out through the Broadway exit at the front of the building. According to the affidavit, a friend accompanied him down the stairs, but the friend did not leave with Strain. Instead, the friend returned upstairs to the bar.

According to the statement, Luke’s 32 Bridge + Drink cooperated with investigators and “provided all security camera footage, photographs of Riley at our establishment with detailed time stamps, transaction records and employee accounts.”

When Strain’s fraternity brothers returned to the Tempo Hotel, less than a mile away from the bar, they found Strain’s room key, but no sign of Strain. When they tried to call him, his phone was dead, Strain’s parents told WSMV.

The students searched for Strain for hours as they tried to find him through his Snapchat locations. Finally, they called Strain’s parents in Springfield, Missouri, to let them know he was missing.

Strain’s parents immediately drove from their home in Springfield to Nashville. “We talk every day, multiple times a day,” Michelle Whiteid told WSMV. “This is the longest I’ve ever gone without talking to him.”

“Riley is a very relatable young man. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 155-160 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes,” Chris Whiteid said. ‘We are in a bad dream. Can we wake up? Please let us wake up.”

Riley Strain (Nashville Police Department)Riley Strain (Nashville Police Department)

Riley Strain (Nashville Police Department)

Chris Whiteid later told NBC News in an interview on “Top Story with Tom Llamas” on March 13 that it was out of character for Strain not to have contact with his family.

“It’s very strange. When they got there Friday night, he had sent pictures and called,” Chris Whiteid said. “Yes, we are in pain and all, but at this point we are still expecting a positive outcome.

Nashville police investigated a helicopter survey in the area as well as ground investigation by detectives. Strain’s relatives also searched the area.

The Nashville Police Department shared this a security video on March 13, Strain was seen crossing 1st Avenue North onto Gay Street at 9:47 p.m. Friday. In the video, he is seen wearing a two-tone shirt. After crossing the street, Strain pauses and appears to turn briefly, before continuing to walk in the same direction he went. The transect is about 0.7 miles from Luke Bryan’s bar.

In his Instagram Story on March 12, country music star Luke Bryan shared a statement from TC Restaurant Group, the owner and operator of Luke’s 32 Bridge, saying it was working with police to provide security camera footage and other information to assist in the search.

“You are all scary. Praying for his safe return,” Bryan wrote on top of the statement.

Luke Bryan posted about Riley Strain's disappearance.  (@lukebryan via Instagram)Luke Bryan posted about Riley Strain's disappearance.  (@lukebryan via Instagram)

Luke Bryan posted about Riley Strain’s disappearance. (@lukebryan via Instagram)

“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones for his safe return,” the statement also added.

Bryan also shared a message from Nashville police asking anyone with information about Strain’s disappearance to come forward.

The University of Missouri said in a news release on March 12 that school officials learned this weekend that Strain had gone missing during a trip to Nashville for “a private event.”

The school said it had been in communication with Strain’s family and Nashville authorities and had offered counseling resources to members of the MU community.

Strain’s fraternity, Delta Chi, also issued a statement on March 12, saying it was aware Strain was missing, adding that the fraternity was “actively engaged” with university officials.

“Delta Chi is hopeful for Riley’s safe return; our thoughts are with his family and the members of the Missouri Chapter during this time,” the organization said.

Nashville police are asking people to call 615-862-8600 if they have any information or have seen Strain.

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