On New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), Strickland’s wife tweeted that search crews discovered footprints, boat marks, and dog prints on the shore of Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake where her husband and his friend, Chase Morland, were duck hunting over the weekend. Helen Strickland explained in a second tweet that the markings were from Sunday morning (Dec. 27) when the men and their dog arrived at the lake for a duck hunt. The discovery “cuts the amount of search area by 50 percent,” according to Helen Strickland.
Boat marks, foot prints & dog prints were found today. No other sign of #CraigStrickland, but this cuts the amount of search area by 50%.
On Monday, a search team found a capsized boat and Strickland’s unharmed dog near the body of Chase Morland. Strickland’s Backroad Anthem bandmate said that finding Strickland’s dog alive is “a piece of hope that we’re actually clinging on to. Dog being man’s best friend is a saying that’s so common, but it’s actually so true in this case. Sam’s an older lab and for him to make it in such harsh conditions – it’s just so amazing, and we’re clinging on to that.”
According to an Oklahoma new station, the search for Strickland resumed at Kaw Lake this morning with boats, cadaver dogs, a helicopter, and people on foot.