Mother Suspects Drink Tampering in University of Missouri Student's Mysterious Death

22-year-old Missouri student's mysterious death in Nashville raises concerns about drink tampering and the need for thorough investigations.

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Mother Suspects Drink Tampering in University of Missouri Student's Mysterious Death

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The mother of Riley Strain, a 22-year-old University of Missouri student found dead in the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee, suspects that her son's drink may have been tampered with on the night of his disappearance. Michelle Whiteid revealed that Strain had texted her saying his rum and coke "didn't taste good" and "tasted like barbecue" before he went missing on March 8, 2024.

Strain was last seen leaving Luke's 32 Bridge Food & Drink bar around 9:40 pm after being kicked out. Surveillance footage showed him stumbling and appearing confused as he walked the streets of Nashville. His body was discovered in the river two weeks later, approximately 8 miles from where he was last seen.

An initial autopsy found no signs of foul play, suggesting Strain's death was accidental. However, the family requested a second autopsy after learning there was no water found in his lungs, which is typically seen in drowning cases. The lack of water raises questions about whether Strain was alive when he entered the water.

Why this matters:The mysterious circumstances surrounding Riley Strain's death have attracted national attention and raised concerns about the safety of college students in popular nightlife destinations. The case highlights the importance of thorough investigations and the need for increased awareness about the risks of drink tampering.

The Metro Nashville Police Department maintains that there is no evidence of foul play in Strain's death. However, his family is not convinced by this conclusion and continues to seek answers. "He may have fallen, but someone helped him in the water," said Chris Whiteid, Strain's stepfather. The family is still awaiting the results of the second autopsy and toxicology report to shed more light on what happened to their son that tragic night in Nashville.

Key Takeaways

  • Riley Strain, 22, found dead in Cumberland River in Nashville, TN.
  • Strain texted mom saying his drink "tasted like barbecue" before disappearance.
  • Autopsy found no water in lungs, raising questions about drowning.
  • Family requested second autopsy, awaiting results and toxicology report.
  • Police maintain no evidence of foul play, but family seeks answers.