One week after he went missing, Craig Strickland has been found. The lead singer for country band Backroad Anthem and his friend, Chase Morland, disappeared while duck hunting on Kaw Lake in Oklahoma. Morland’s body was recovered on Monday (Dec. 28), but Strickland wasn’t found until today (Jan. 4).
According to a post made by Oklahoma news reporter Pedro Rivera, a recovery has been made and family has been notified.
— Pedro Rivera (@4029Pedro) January 4, 2016
Strickland’s body was recovered along the shoreline of Kaw Lake.
— 4029news (@4029news) January 4, 2016
Strickland’s wife, Helen, faithfully kept the public updated on rescue and recovery efforts over the last week via her social media accounts. According to Helen, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and rescue units have worked tirelessly during the past week using boats equipped with sonar, a helicopter, and cadaver dogs to find her husband.
Our prayers are with Craig Strickland’s family at this time.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
On behalf of the family, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to help with expenses as they continue to cope with the loss of 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
For those of you who many not be familiar with Backroad Anthem, they are a country/rock band based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Known for their high-energy performances, Backroad Anthem rose in fame quickly. After just a year, they opened for big names like Chris Young, Josh Turner, and Dustin Lynch.
Craig Strickland lead the band with his phenomenal lead vocals beside 5 other very talented musicians: Toby, Eric, Josh, Brandon and Isaac.
Check out one of their more popular tunes, “Say It To You”, in the fantastic performance below.
Our prayers continue to be with the family and friends of Craig Strickland and Chase Morland during this difficult time.