Country Singer Craig Strickland’s Body Found in Oklahoma Lake

January 4, 2016 Updated: January 4, 2016
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of missing country singer Craig Strickland, who disappeared during a severe storm, has been recovered from an Oklahoma lake.

Strickland, 29, of Arkansas, was found on Monday morning in Kaw Lake, located approximately 8 miles east of Ponca City, located south of the Kansas-Oklahoma state line, the band said.

Strickland, who is the vocalist for country-rock band Backroad Anthem, and his friend, Chase R. Morland, were reported missing on Dec. 27 during a duck hunting trip near the Kay County lake. The two tweeted that they were heading out despite storm warnings.

“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland’s tweet said. 

State troopers said they found Morland’s body in the lake last week. Their boat apparently flipped, sending both into the water. The weather at the time was poor, with rain, snow, and sleet hammering the area. Wind gusts up to 45 mph and wind chills as low as 15 degrees F were present, CNN reported.

Craig’s wife, former Miss Arkansas Helen Strickland, confirmed the reports of her husband’s death on Twitter.

“#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,” she wrote.

The patrol added that Strickland’s body was found within an area known as Bear Creek Cove, reported AP.

Kay County Sheriff Everette VanHoesen told USA Today that Kaw Lake is big and unpredictable.

“It’s a big lake, and when we have high winds, the lake will get whitecapped; the waves get pretty big,” VanHoesen said last week.

“I understand these men were avid hunters. They knew what they were doing, but sometimes the size of our lake really tricks them.”