Oh no! Backroad Anthem lead singer Craig Strickland has been declared missing and his pal Chase Morland found dead following what appears to be a tragic accident while the pair went duck hunting on an Oklahoma lake shortly after Christmas.
So tragic! Family, friends and fans are praying for Craig Strickland, 29, after the country singer was declared missing following a duck hunting trip during a winter storm. The body of his friend and hunting partner Chase Morland, 22, has already been found after the pair’s boat was found capsized early in the morning of Dec. 28. We’re totally pulling for Chase to still be alive and are hoping for a miracle!
“At approximately 11:10 hours Trooper Humdy and Trooper Vann recovered one subject; Chase R. Morland, from Van Buren, AR., from Kaw Lake,” a spokesperson from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety released in a statement to E! Online. “At this time search efforts are still underway in attempt to locate Craig M. Strickland, from Springdale, AR., the second subject that is missing from the vessel. There was no personal floatation devices in use. The boat has been found but not recovered at this time.”
Search efforts for Craig were suspended due to darkness but are scheduled to begin at first light on Dec. 29.
The men knew the apparent dangers of going hunting during a serious winter storm when on Dec. 26 Chase tweeted, “In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma.
#IntoTheStorm,” which Craig retweeted. The men left their homes in Arkansas and headed to Kaw Lake just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma and that’s the last anyone heard from them. Craig’s dog Sam was found safe and sound giving some hope to loved ones.
— Chase Morland (@ChaseMorland) December 27, 2015
Backroad Anthem gave an update on their Facebook page, telling fans “The search has been called off for the night, bringing boat with sonar in morning. A friend gave me these words! We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive. Hoping against the odds. We can’t even stand to think about it. We are devastated. Only God & time can put us back together. Love all!”
Our thoughts are with Craig and Chase’s family and friends during this tragic time.