Country Singer Craig Strickland Found Dead After Being Missing for a Week

Craig Strickland dead
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UPDATED: Country singer Craig Strickland was found dead on Monday after have been missing for a week. He was 29.

His body was recovered in Bear Creek Cove on Kaw Lake following a massive search in the area, north of Tulsa, Okla.

“#CraigStrickland was found today,” his wife, Helen Strickland, tweeted. “He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen.”

His friend Chase Morland sent a haunting, final tweet on Dec. 26 about the duo embarking on a duck-hunting trip during a winter storm.

“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland tweeted late Saturday. The men were reported missing the following day.

On Dec. 28, Backroad Anthem, Strickland’s country rock band, revealed that Morland, 22, had been found dead at Kaw where their capsized boat was also discovered.

“Everyone please say special prayers for the family of Chase Morland,” Backroad Anthem wrote on Facebook. “They were very close friends and it is such a heartbreaking loss. Randy Strickland (Craig’s father) has informed us Craig has not been found. Please keep praying for his safety.”

Everyone please say special prayers for the family of Chase Morland. They were very close friends and it is such a…

Strickland has been a member of Backroad Anthem, which consists of six country musicians based in Fayetteville, Ark., since 2012.

Strickland’s dog was found safe, his wife tweeted.

“Craig’s dog Sam has been found. His boat has been confirmed as being capsized,” Strickland, a former Miss Arkansas USA, wrote last Monday. “They are still searching for Craig. Please keep praying.”

Monday night’s search was called off due to rough weather conditions, Strickland’s family said in a statement via the band’s Facebook page. Searches resumed last Tuesday and continued until this week.

“We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive. Hoping against the odds,” the post read. “We can’t even stand to think about it. We are devastated. Only God and time can put us back together.”

The search has been called off for the night, bringing boat with sonar in morning. A friend gave me these words! We are…

Posted by Backroad Anthem on Monday, December 28, 2015

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    1. Since there’s so much slamming of his wife on here because she’s smiling in photos, I thought I’d try and post a different perspective. Maybe, just maybe because of her faith, in her mind she believes her husband is truly in a better place. Maybe she isn’t one to do her grieving in public. Would I smile during a wake? No. But none of us know what is going on with her or how she’s feeling. If she looked like hell and all puffy faced in the photos, you trolls would be telling her to get it together and put some makeup on. There’s no winning with you people.

    2. Beverley whitney says:

      Why do people have to be so curl to people who had lost someone it does not matter how you feel about that other person someone had pass on that hurts and that is all that matter love hurts

    3. karin says:

      Karma is a bitch, for sure. They set out to kill, and look what happened. Glad the dog is OK.
      (And why do people who can’t swim go out on water??)

      • john gilkie says:

        Karma will be a bitch when it happens to you, hopefully soon. you are disgusting

        • CC says:

          John, is sad that you are too wishing something bad happens to Karin, does this mean karma will get you too? I wish both of you to wake up out of that hate for humanity, we are all in this.
          Very sad, RIP these two young men and my condolences to their families

      • H says:

        Wow I normally don’t respond to your type but you are dumb! (Karin)

    4. jelicho lorbna says:

      Why do people say “off of”? Would you put comments “on of” the site or get “on of” a bus? I see that that idiot Trump in his new on-air ad will “cut the head off of ISIS”. Sounds like someone fell “off of” the turnip truck.

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