Crews continue to search for missing country singer Craig Strickland at Kaw Lake in Northeast Oklahoma. The body of Strickland’s friend, Chase Morland, was recovered on Monday, but there has been no sign of the Backroad Anthem lead singer since his disappearance five days ago.
40/29 News out of Oklahoma spoke exclusively with Strickland’s wife, former Miss Arkansas Helen (Wisner), earlier today (Jan. 1) from Kaw Lake where the family has been on hand to help with what they are now calling a recovery effort. Mrs. Strickland said that the support of people from around the globe are giving the family great comfort.
"Every time there's a post from some random person who I have never met before that says, ‘Hey, I don't know you, I'm reading this, I'm praying for you, my heart goes out to you,’ it's almost like I don't have to hurt on my own,” Helen Strickland said.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has worked tirelessly trying to find Strickland with the help of boats equipped with sonar, a helicopter, and cadaver dogs. Helen Strickland thanked the rescue crews for all they are doing to help find her husband.
“The canine units (and) the Kay County Sheriff's Department have been so wonderful to us. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol having gone above and beyond, especially going through this struggle, is the most comforting thing you can have," Helen Strickland said.
Thursday, search crews found boat marks, dog prints, and footprints near a peninsula on Kaw Lake where the men put their boat in on Sunday. The discovery helped narrow down the recovery area by 50%.
"To see how much more work can be done in a specific area, it has given us a lot of rest because we feel like that'll give us a lot of hope they will find Craig soon," Helen Strickland said.
As the search continues, Strickland’s family is hopeful that they will soon have closure.
"He’s in a better place, but we still want that closure to see him. So, we’re going to praise God and know that there’s a purpose. If anything, if it’s to bring Him glory, then that’s what we’re going to do,” Helen Strickland said.
Watch Helen Strickland’s full interview with 40/29 News by clicking here.
On behalf of the family, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to help with expenses as they continue to search for Craig. All the money goes directly to an account managed by Helen. If you should feel it in your heart, please check out www.gofundme.com/prayersforcraig
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