Craig Strickland (1986 - 2016)

Two weekends ago, Backroad Anthem lead singer Craig Strickland and friend Chase Morland disappeared while on a hunting trip on Kaw Lake in Oklahoma. Strickland was found dead Monday, his wife, Helen, confirmed on Twitter, according to People and other sources. He was 29 years old.


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Helen Strickland tweeted:

"#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."

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division made recovery of the body of Craig M. Strickland this morning Jan. 4, 2016," a spokesperson confirmed to People in a statement.

"Strickland and his friend, Chase R. Morland, were both reported missing on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, while on a duck hunt at Kaw Lake in Kay County, Oklahoma. Strickland's body was located within the original search area known as Bear Creek Cove. The Strickland family has been notified of the recovery."

Prior to leaving for the trip, Morland posted a tweet, which has become ominous in light of the tragic loss of the two friends.

"In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm"

Strickland's family and friends were clinging to hope that he might be found alive since his beloved black Labrador retriever, Sam, who was also on the hunting trip, was found safe and sound beside Morland.

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