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Missing student Riley Strain spoke to police officer minutes before disappearing in Tennessee

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A Tennessee college student who had been missing for 11 days was caught on video interacting with a police officer the night he disappeared.

University of Missouri student Riley Strain was last seen at a Nashville bar, where he was visiting his fraternity, shortly before 10 p.m. on March 8.

On Monday, police released footage showing the 22-year-old speaking briefly with a police officer who was responding to a vehicle theft incident on Gay Street – minutes before Mr Strain was last seen.

The video shows the officer asking Mr Strain how he is, to which he responds: “I’m fine, how are you?”

The student “did not appear to be in distress,” police said – and continued to walk quickly past the officer after the interaction around 9:52 p.m.

No further images of Mr Strain walking down Gay Street were obtained after the brief conversation.

Police continue to search for the missing student, focusing on the embankment between Gay Street and the Cumberland River, where Mr Strain’s bank card was found on Sunday.

Police said there was “no evidence of foul play.”

Mr. Strain’s mother, Michelle Whiteid, and stepfather Chris traveled to Nashville after learning of his disappearance.

Mr Whiteid told Sky News’ US partner network NBC that his stepson went to two other bars on the same night he disappeared, before being kicked out of a third.

He said Mr Strain and other members of his fraternity, Delta Chi, were separated after being asked to leave Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink – and had last heard from his stepson times around 7:30 p.m. on FaceTime.

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Another video released by police on March 12 shows Mr. Strain, wearing a half beige and half black shirt, crossing the street on Gay Street with a group of people.

The student appeared to stumble briefly upon reaching the sidewalk.

“I’ve drank a lot in my life and I still wonder if it was alcohol or something else,” Mr. Whiteid told NBC, referring to how Mr. Strain appeared to have lost control of its balance.

He said that since Mr. Strain was reported missing, he had received several messages from people claiming to have been drugged while visiting bars in Nashville.

“I want Riley to know: We are actively looking for you, son,” Mr. Whiteid said. “We’ll take you home.”

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