Investigation into whether Riley Strain was overserved is underway

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An investigation conducted by The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission is ongoing into whether Riley Strain was overserved.

Screenshot-2024-03-22-at-15.25.14.jpgStrain was last seen on March 8. Credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Strain, a University of Missouri student, was found on Friday, March 22, weeks after he went missing following an incident at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food and Drink where he was asked to leave on March 8.

Metropolitan Nashville Police announced the recovery of Strain's body from the Cumberland River in West Nashville, approximately 8 miles from downtown.

The finance major was last seen around 10:00 PM on March 8, shortly after being ejected from the bar and becoming separated from his friends.

Surveillance footage later showed him wandering the streets of Nashville.

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is investigating whether Strain was overserved at the bar.

Screenshot-2024-03-21-at-12.51.39.pngRiley Strain. Credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

"We are still working on the open investigation," TABC communication director Aaron Rummage told PEOPLE. Tennessee law prohibits serving alcoholic beverages to visibly intoxicated individuals.

The TC Restaurant Group, which oversees 32 Bridge, stated that Strain was served one alcoholic drink and two waters before being asked to leave at 9:35PM.

"Our security team made a decision based on our conduct standards to escort him from the venue through our Broadway exit at the front of our building," the company said.

They added that Strain was accompanied down the stairs by a member of his party who later returned upstairs without him.

The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report, shared by ABC affiliate KMIZ, confirmed that the 22-year-old was last seen alive that night “alone at the underpass of the James Robertson Parkway Bridge” after departing the bar.

On March 22, an employee at a concrete plant discovered his body in the Cumberland River.

The report concluded that Strain died from accidental drowning and ethanol intoxication. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .228, nearly three times the legal driving limit.

Additionally, caffeine, nicotine, and THC were detected in Strain’s system.

GettyImages-1998655635.jpgStrain's body was recovered from the Cumberland River. Credit: Jeremy Poland / Getty

Strain was reported missing on March 9.

He had been traveling with his Delta Chi fraternity brothers for a spring formal and lost contact with them around 10:00PM Friends reported him missing the following day when he did not return to their hotel.

In an earlier interview with PEOPLE, Strain's mother, Michelle Whiteid, recounted their last conversation: "I said, ‘Well, you boys be safe. Make good choices. I love you guys.’ And he said, ‘I love you, too.' And that’s the last I have heard from him.”

Whiteid described her son as a caring individual who always checked on her well-being.

“If he was having a bad day at school, he would call me and we would talk,” she said.

“I’d be like, ‘You just got to get through it, Bub. Not every day is going to be perfect, but you got to find the good in everything.’ He’s such a great kid.”

Featured image credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Investigation into whether Riley Strain was overserved is underway

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

An investigation conducted by The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission is ongoing into whether Riley Strain was overserved.

Screenshot-2024-03-22-at-15.25.14.jpgStrain was last seen on March 8. Credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Strain, a University of Missouri student, was found on Friday, March 22, weeks after he went missing following an incident at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food and Drink where he was asked to leave on March 8.

Metropolitan Nashville Police announced the recovery of Strain's body from the Cumberland River in West Nashville, approximately 8 miles from downtown.

The finance major was last seen around 10:00 PM on March 8, shortly after being ejected from the bar and becoming separated from his friends.

Surveillance footage later showed him wandering the streets of Nashville.

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is investigating whether Strain was overserved at the bar.

Screenshot-2024-03-21-at-12.51.39.pngRiley Strain. Credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

"We are still working on the open investigation," TABC communication director Aaron Rummage told PEOPLE. Tennessee law prohibits serving alcoholic beverages to visibly intoxicated individuals.

The TC Restaurant Group, which oversees 32 Bridge, stated that Strain was served one alcoholic drink and two waters before being asked to leave at 9:35PM.

"Our security team made a decision based on our conduct standards to escort him from the venue through our Broadway exit at the front of our building," the company said.

They added that Strain was accompanied down the stairs by a member of his party who later returned upstairs without him.

The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report, shared by ABC affiliate KMIZ, confirmed that the 22-year-old was last seen alive that night “alone at the underpass of the James Robertson Parkway Bridge” after departing the bar.

On March 22, an employee at a concrete plant discovered his body in the Cumberland River.

The report concluded that Strain died from accidental drowning and ethanol intoxication. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .228, nearly three times the legal driving limit.

Additionally, caffeine, nicotine, and THC were detected in Strain’s system.

GettyImages-1998655635.jpgStrain's body was recovered from the Cumberland River. Credit: Jeremy Poland / Getty

Strain was reported missing on March 9.

He had been traveling with his Delta Chi fraternity brothers for a spring formal and lost contact with them around 10:00PM Friends reported him missing the following day when he did not return to their hotel.

In an earlier interview with PEOPLE, Strain's mother, Michelle Whiteid, recounted their last conversation: "I said, ‘Well, you boys be safe. Make good choices. I love you guys.’ And he said, ‘I love you, too.' And that’s the last I have heard from him.”

Whiteid described her son as a caring individual who always checked on her well-being.

“If he was having a bad day at school, he would call me and we would talk,” she said.

“I’d be like, ‘You just got to get through it, Bub. Not every day is going to be perfect, but you got to find the good in everything.’ He’s such a great kid.”

Featured image credit: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department