Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Craig Strickland's Band Posts Tribute
On Monday, Oklahoma Highway Patrol found the body of country singer Craig Strickland after he had been missing for more than a week.
The family of the singer, 29, has been notified, police said, and more information "will be released when a full update is provided."
Strickland's band Backroad Anthem posted a touching tribute to Facebook, writing, "Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate. Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn't be matched."
The band continued: "We pray today for God to wrap his arms around Randy, Joanne, Helen, and the family, and to help us through this extremely difficult time. We want to thank every single friend, fan, and family member for your thoughts, prayers, and love. Today he is smiling down on us and we know he will always be with us."
Strickland and his friend Chase Morland were reported missing on Dec. 27 after the two went hunting in the middle of a storm in Northern Oklahoma.
Morland, 22, was found shortly after, while the singer remained missing for days.
Morland tweeted before leaving: "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm."
Helen Strickland, Craig's wife, thanked fans on Twitter after her husband's body was found.
"#CraigStrickland was found today. He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen," she wrote.
She also posted a video from the couple's wedding day.
"On the day of our wedding Craig had me watch a video he had made to tell me how much he loved me. I am so thankful for technology in this moment because I will always have this. I watched this privately prior to walking down the aisle, and so now I want to share this small excerpt with all of you," she wrote.