Riley Strain’s Toxicology Report Complete, Family Hires Law Firm

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Roughly 6 weeks after Mizzou student Riley Strain was found deceased in Nashville, his toxicology report has been completed and his family has retained a law firm.

Riley Strain went missing in Nashville on March 8 after being kicked out of Luke Bryan’s Luke’s 32 Bridge for violating their conduct standards. The 22-year-old was in Music City with his college fraternity for their annual formal event. For two weeks, local authorities, Riley’s family, and an army of volunteers searched for the missing student. With the help of surveillance footage captured by downtown businesses, they were able to narrow down the area where Riley was last seen.

via Metro Police Nashville

On March 22, Riley Strain’s body was discovered in the Cumberland River, 8 miles from his last known location. Questions have surrounded Riley’s case since he disappeared. His family hoped that those questions would be answered by an autopsy, but they weren’t satisfied with the examination performed by a Nashville coroner and chose to hire their own to conduct a second autopsy. Those findings have not been made public.


Speculation has surrounded this case even though Nashville authorities considered Riley’s death an accident. His family has maintained that the circumstances under which Riley died are suspicious, even hinting that he could have been drugged.

Riley’s mom, Michelle Whiteid, told NewsNation that her son told her during one of their last conversations that his drink tasted strange.

“He had sent me a text and said that he had ordered a…was drinking a Rum and Coke and it didn’t taste good. And I said, ‘Well, you probably shouldn’t drink it then.’ And he goes, ‘It tastes like barbecue.’ And I go, ‘That sounds awful.’ He said, ‘Well, it sounds good, but it’s not.’”

Reports released a few days ago indicate that the toxicology report has been completed, but the results have not been made public.

WSMV reported Friday (May 10) that the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed Strain’s toxicology report and “will be released along with the complete autopsy report when it is made public.” It is unclear when that report will be released.

The toxicology report will reveal how much alcohol was in the student’s system at the time of his death and if he was under the influence of any drugs. Around the same time the toxicology report was completed, Riley’s family retained high-profile law firm, Morgan and Morgan.

Nashville journalist Nick Beres speculates that the family may have hired the law firm to field media requests because they may be considering a wrongful death lawsuit. While no lawsuit has been filed at this time, it is possible that one could be pending against any of the Nashville bars Strain visited the night of his disappearance, the city of Nashville, or the fraternity he was a part of.

This is a developing story. More details will be posted as they become available.

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