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.”
#CraigStrickland was found today. He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen.
— Helen Elizabeth Speaks (@HelenWisner) January 4, 2016
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.
— Chase Morland (@ChaseMorland) December 27, 2015
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.”
Craig's dog Sam has been found. His boat has been confirmed as being capsized. They are still searching for Craig. Please keep praying.
— Helen Elizabeth Speaks (@HelenWisner) December 28, 2015
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.”