Craig Strickland, the country singer who went missing December 27 on a duck hunting trip, is dead.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division found the 29-year-old’s body Monday morning in an area called Bear Creek Cove.
Authorities did not give details on the cause or manner of death, but his friend Chase Morland with whom he went hunting also died.
His body was found along with their capsized boat.
The two had been hunting in a severe storm. Chase tweeted before the trip,
“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma.”
Over the weekend, his wife Helen Strickland took toInstagram with updates on the ongoing efforts to locate the 29-year-old country star.
“We are so thankful for the 4 State Search and Rescue team who have volunteered their services to help the Oklahoma State Police,”
Helen wrote in part on Saturday, nearly a week since he was reported missing on Dec. 27.
Strickland’s wife shared her emotions and strength in her final photo of the day, which honored the people and canines looking for him.
“We are also blessed to have the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, McLean County EMA (IL) and the Cottleville Fire Dept (MO) working as one combined effort.
They have all brought with them so much hope for myself and the rest of our family.”
Helen described the search party as
“such wonderful, hardworking, godly people,”
“Our family has been incredibly blessed by your presence and the dedication of your furry friends.
We cannot thank you enough for the hard work and tiresome volunteer hours you poured into the search for #craigstrickland.
Your acts of kindness and generosity gave our family continued hope.
Thank you for creating this program strictly from the goodness of your hearts.
I know it takes a ton of effort to train every single day. Your pups are amazing. Love in Christ, Helen.”