UPDATE: The body of Chase Morland was reportedly found Monday (Dec. 28) according to multiple news sources, including KFSM 5News. Craig Strickland is still missing.
Arkansas-based country rock band Backroad Anthem is asking for prayers after their lead singer went missing. According to a Facebook post by the band, lead singer Craig Strickland and his good friend, Chase Morland, went duck hunting in Oklahoma around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The men haven’t been heard from since.
“As some of you may know at this point yesterday early morning about 2 am Craig Strickland & his good friend Chase Morland headed out to go duck hunting. We received a text last night from Randy Strickland asking us band members to pray for Craig and Chase, because they had not made any kind of contact with families in 24 hours.”
Ponca City Now.com reports the the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was notified at 9:49 p.m. Sunday by the Kay County Sheriff's Office of two missing hunters at Kaw Lake, and a capsized boat was located at 12:16 a.m. on Monday.
A search party looked for the men until 2a.m. Monday morning and resumed around 6:30 a.m. So far, there is no sign of Strickland and Morland.
“We are asking all fans to please pray for Craig & Chase to be found safe and sound. Please also pray for Craigs family, his wife, and for us band members. We love you guys and we appreciate your ever loving support for our dream. #PowerInPrayer We do not know much more information at this point. So we do ask for your respect in this matter until we learn any further details.”
Just before the men left on Saturday, Morland posted a statement to Twitter that was retweeted by Strickland shortly after. The tweet read, “In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm”
Our prayers are with Craig Strickland, Chase Morland, and their family friends, and band.
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