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Riley Strain’s Family Has 2nd Autopsy Conducted on His Body

A second autopsy on the body of a University of Missouri student found dead in a Tennessee River after he was thrown out of a Nashville bar returned the same results as the first: no signs of foul play. Chris Dingman, a family friend acting as a spokesman for Riley Strain’s family, told NewsNation that …

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A second examination of the body of a University of Missouri student who was discovered deceased in a Tennessee River after being ejected from a Nashville bar yielded the same findings as the initial examination: no evidence of foul play was found.

Chris Dingman, a close friend of the family speaking on behalf of Riley Strain’s relatives, informed NewsNation that Strain’s family arranged for the second autopsy to be performed in Tennessee after the official one.

“The [second] examination produced results similar to those of the official autopsy, showing no obvious signs of physical injury such as those caused by weapons, firearms, or blades,” Dingman stated.

Both the second autopsy and the medical examiner’s report are pending toxicology reports to yield further details, and no cause or manner of death has been disclosed.

As reported by CrimeOnline, Strain was ejected from a downtown Nashville bar while socializing with members of his fraternity from the university on March 8. None of his fraternity brothers accompanied him as he left the bar, and he was captured on surveillance footage stumbling along the streets and on a police officer’s body camera, where he walked by and assured that he was fine. Shortly after these instances, he went missing, and his body was found eight miles downstream in the Cumberland River two weeks later.

Dingman stated to NewsNation that Strain’s body was discovered without pants or boots, which is not uncommon for a body that has been in a river for 14 days.

Dingman also alleged that no water was found in Strain’s lungs, indicating that he passed away prior to entering the water, although the Nashville-Davidson County medical examiner’s office has not verified this information. The ME’s office also informed WTVF that a person who has drowned may not necessarily have water in the lungs, as an individual struggling to breathe can experience a spasm after inhaling water through the nose or mouth, blocking off the airways, known as dry drowning.

Nevertheless, Dingman stressed, “The family needs more answers than we currently have.”

Strain’s memorial service is set for Friday.

[Featured image: Riley Strain/family handout]

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