Autopsy Report Released, Answering Questions In MYSTERIOUS Death Of University Of Missouri Student, Riley Strain

By Javier Sanchez | Wednesday, 19 June 2024 04:10 PM
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In a recent development, the chief medical examiner of Tennessee has disclosed the comprehensive toxicology report for Riley Strain, a 22-year-old senior from the University of Missouri.

Strain's lifeless body was discovered in the Cumberland River in March, following a fraternity event in Nashville, according to Fox News.

The toxicology report, as reviewed by Fox News Digital, revealed that Strain's blood alcohol level was .228 at the time of his death, which is over twice the legal limit. The report also indicated the presence of Delta 9 in his system. The autopsy further revealed pleural effusion, a condition characterized by water in the lungs, and pulmonary edema. Strain's blood also contained traces of caffeine, nicotine, and marijuana, in addition to the elevated alcohol content.

The causes of Strain's death were identified as drowning and ethanol intoxication, and the manner of death was ruled as accidental. Strain was last seen alive during a spring formal fraternity trip in downtown Nashville on March 8. The following morning, one of his friends reported him missing, triggering a search operation that lasted several weeks.

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Strain had been socializing with friends at Luke's 32, a downtown bar owned by Luke Bryan, on Broadway. He was asked to leave by the staff, a move that led his family to accuse the bar of overserving him. However, the bar maintained that they had only served Strain one alcoholic beverage.

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Strain's body was discovered by workers along the river in West Nashville on the morning of March 22. In the days leading up to the grim discovery, investigators scrutinized surveillance footage from various Nashville bars and businesses in a bid to trace his movements. Concurrently, Strain's family utilized social media to raise awareness about his disappearance.

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The search initially concentrated on the vicinity of James Robertson Parkway and Gay Streets, where Strain's phone was last detected. On March 20, the search was redirected to the Cheatham Lock and Dam near Ashland City, with volunteers and Strain's family participating.

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Two individuals who learned about Strain's disappearance on TikTok discovered his credit card on the banks of the Cumberland River. Despite the Metro Nashville Police Department's initial assessment of Strain's death as accidental, the absence of his pants and wallet when his body was found sparked suspicions of foul play. This led his family to commission a second autopsy.

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