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The body of country singer Craig Strickland, 29, has been discovered in a lake in Oklahoma more than one week after he and his friend disappeared during severe storms while on a duck-hunting trip.

Country music star Craig Strickland, lead singer of for the band Backroad Anthem, is missing, and the body of his duck-hunting companion has been recovered after their boat capsized Monday on Kaw Lake in northern Oklahoma.

Search and rescue crews in Oklahoma are still searching for missing country music artist Craig Strickland after discovering the body of his friend and hunting partner Chase Morland on Monday.’
Strickland, 29, and Morland, 22, went missing on Saturday after embarking on a duck hunting trip, and sending out an ominous tweet about the severe weather the two were facing.
“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening.
The two were seen roughly two hours after Morland posted the message to Twitter, reportedly headed to Kay County, Oklahoma.
Search and rescue efforts for Strickland were halted on Monday evening due to low visibility and weather, but are expected to continue Tuesday morning.
The singer’s father, Randy Strickland, spoke with ET on Monday, sharing, “[Craig is] still missing. We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive. Hoping against the odds. We can’t even stand to think about it. We are devastated. Only God & time can put us back together.”
Strickland is the lead singer and acoustic guitarist for Backroad Anthem, a local country/rock band in Alma, Arkansas. The band shared a message to Facebook on Monday updating their fans and followers on Strickland’s situation.
“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,” the group wrote.
The group later shared their condolences for Morland’s death, asking their fans to “please say special prayers” for his family, adding “They were very close friends and it is such a heartbreaking loss.”
Morland’s employer, Gellco Outdoors, posted a memorial on Facebook on Monday, writing, ” The Gellco Outdoors family is saddened at the loss of Chase Morland. Chase had only been at Gellco for a short time in our archery department. Chase will be missed by all here at Gellco.”
“Our prayers and sympathy go out to the Morland family during this time of loss,” the post continued. “We ask all of our customers to remember this family at this time.”
ET will continue to monitor this story as it progresses.

(News Radio 106.7)


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