OKLAHOMA- Country music singer Craig Strickland has been found dead, according to Lt. Kera Phillippi with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Strickland went missing last month while on a duck hunting trip in Oklahoma.
Strickland, a 29-year-old vocalist in the country rock band Backroad Anthem, and his friend Chase Morland, 22, were duck hunting at Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake as a fierce winter weather system was hitting central portions of the country, the band said.
On Monday, Strickland’s wife, Helen, posted on Instagram about her husband’s passing saying he experienced no pain before he died.
She said in part, “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.”
The former Miss Arkansas went on to say, “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.”
See her entire Instagram post below.
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After relatives reported them missing, state troopers said they found Morland’s body last Monday at the lake, where the friends’ boat purportedly overturned.
The weather at the time of the trip was perilous — rain, sleet and snow pelted the area, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph and wind chills as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit — and Morland acknowledged the danger in what is, in retrospect, a haunting tweet.
“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland’s tweet reads.
Police said nothing about what caused Morland’s death. They added that there were “no personal flotation devices in use.”
His wife said the family is overwhelmed with the amount of love and prayers received.
“Craig’s dog Sam has been found. His boat has been confirmed as being capsized,” Helen Strickland, a former Miss Arkansas USA, said last Monday on Twitter. ”
She later tweeted, “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.”
Strickland’s six-member Backroad Anthem formed in Arkansas in 2012.