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.
For everyone wanting to know, Sam is fine. He was a brave boy. He wouldn't leave Chase's body until the Warden found him.— Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) December 29, 2015
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."
Craig was found today. We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father. The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep. They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life. I love you with all my heart Craig Michael. #craigstrickland
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.