Luke Bryan Breaks Silence on Mysterious Disappearance Of Riley Strain Linked to His 32 Bridge Bar

“Y’all this is scary,” Bryan admitted.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 12, 2024

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Luke Bryan is speaking out after Riley Strain, a 22-year-old University of Missouri student, went missing on Friday evening (March 8) after being kicked out of Bryan’s 32 Bridge bar on Broadway. 

Luke Bryan Speaks Out

The country superstar took to Instagram to share a short message with his followers regarding Strain. 

“Y’all this is scary. Praying for his safe return,” Bryan wrote.

Luke Bryan; Instagram Stories
Luke Bryan; Instagram Stories

He later shared an Instagram post containing details regarding Strain’s disappearance from the Metro Nashville Police Department, urging, “If you have any information that could help, please reach out to the number above.” 

TC Restaurant Group Issues Statement

Bryan’s statement comes after TC Restaurant, the owner and operator of Luke’s 32 Bridge released the following statement: 

TC Restaurant Group, operator, and owner of Luke’s 32 Bridge is continuing to work closely with the Metro Nashville Police Department to provide security camera footage and any other potentially helpful information to aid in the search for Riley Strain. 

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones for his safe return.

When Was Riley Strain Last Seen?

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, the 22-year-old was last seen on Friday at approximately 9:52 pm on Gay St. in Nashville. He was last seen after drinking downtown with friends at 32 Bridge.

Strain is 6’5″ tall with a thin build, blue eyes and light brown hair.

Metro PD confirmed that a helicopter aided in the search for Riley Strain on Tuesday. The MNPD helicopter searched in the area he was last seen and along the riverbank, however, nothing was found. According to a statement from police, detectives also searched on the ground, “but to no avail.”

According to Nashville’s WSMV, a 911 call was placed around 1:40 pm on Saturday, nearly 16 hours after Strain’s disappearance. At this time, he was reported missing.

“We’re here on a fraternity formal trip,” one of Strain’s friends tells the dispatcher in the call obtained by WSMV. “It’s one of my good buddies.”

“What is his name?”

“His name is Riley Strain … he’s white, 22-year-old 6′5″ blonde.”

The Investigation Continues

Police released surveillance video showing Strain after he was kicked out of 32 Bridge. At this time, he was spotted crossing First Ave. to Gay Street. This was at 9:47 pm local time.

Strain’s parents spoke with ABC News about their son following his disappearance.

“He was excited ’cause he was out, and he was sending me pictures at the different bars they were going to. And he was having fun with his fraternity brothers,” Michelle Whiteid, Strain’s mother, told ABC News.

His father, Ryan Gilbert, added, “He’s a good kid. He was down here looking forward to a fun weekend. We want to bring him back home safe.”

Those who have any information regarding Riley Strain’s whereabouts can call 615-862-8600.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.