Body of missing country singer found, widow tweets message

KAY COUNTY, Oklahoma. (WFLA) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said on Monday that it has recovered the body of missing country singer Craig Strickland.

The 29-year-old country singer and a friend went missing on Sunday, Dec. 27, while duck hunting in severe weather. The body of Strickland’s friend, Chase Morland, was recovered the next day. (Read story here)

The patrol says its Marine Enforcement Division recovered the body of Strickland Monday morning in Kaw Lake, located 8 miles east of Ponca City just south of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.

Strickland and Morland vanished during a duck hunting trip on the Kay County lake. The pair’s capsized boat was found the same day.

Strickland is the lead singer of the Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem. The patrol says Strickland’s body was recovered within an area known as Bear Creek Cove.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the following statement on Monday, Jan. 4.

“The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division made recovery of the body of Craig M. Strickland this morning January 4, 2016. Strickland and his friend, Chase R. Morland were both reported missing on Sunday, December 27, 2015,  while on a duck hunt at Kaw Lake in Kay County, Oklahoma. Strickland’s body was located within the original search area known as Bear Creek Cove.”

Authorities have not released any other details.

Strickland’s wife, Helen, has been tweeting about the search. She posted a heartbreaking tweet after her husband’s body was found.

Helen Strickland Tweet

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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