Body of missing 'Backroad Anthem' lead singer recovered

KAY COUNTY, Okla. (KTHV) – Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials have confirmed that the body of missing country music singer Craig Strickland has been recovered.

Strickland, lead singer of Backroad Anthem, was reported missing Sunday, Dec. 27 while on a hunting trip on Kaw Lake, north of Tulsa, with his friend, Chase Morland.

A search ensued, and Morland's body was found Monday, Dec. 28. A tweet by Strickland's wife, former Miss Arkansas Helen Strickland, revealed that her husband's dog was with them, and was found alive.

According to Lt. Kera Philippi with Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Strickland's body was found the morning of Monday, Jan. 4 in the original search area known as Bear Creek Cove. She said his family has been notified.

Backroad Anthem's Facebook page shows that Strickland, lead vocals and acoustic guitar player for the band, is from Alma, Ark. The band has shared stages with many notable country music artists including Justin Moore and Dierks Bentley.

Strickland's wife has been active on social media since the two were reported missing. She shared updates from the search, as well as photos of herself with her husband. After the news Monday morning, she posted, "We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father."

According to Ocker Putman Funeral Homes, a service for Morland is set for Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at Butterfield Assembly of God Church in Van Buren.

Strickland's services have not yet been announced.


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