UPDATE 1/4/16: Craig Strickland was found dead today. Here’s the post from the Ponca City News:
The search for Backroad Anthem vocalist Craig Strickland continues. Strickland, 29, and his friend Chase Morland, 22, set out for a late-night duck hunting trip on Sunday, Dec. 27 on Kaw Lake in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Backroad Anthem posted on their Facebook page that Craig’s father, Randy Strickland, texted the band informing them that they haven’t had any contact within 24 hours from Craig or Chase and feared the worse.
Weather conditions that night saw a mixture of rain, sleet and snow with 45 mph winds making it around 15 degrees.
Morland tweeted what seemed to be a joke and not distress, even though they were traveling through some rough weather, turned serious hours later. Craig Strickland retweeted Morland’s post.
Morland tweeted late Saturday night:
Morland was found dead at the lake by State Troopers on Monday morning, Dec. 28, near Tulsa. Their boat was also found which seemed to have capsized in the water. Strickland’s dog Sam was found alive and well sitting next to the body of Morland. Police have stated that no flotation devices were found.
Strickland’s wife Helen, who is a former Miss Arkansas USA, has sent out several tweets over the last few days updating the search rescue efforts while remaining hopeful that Craig will be found and asking fans to pray for him.
Backroad Anthem released several statements through social media since they been made aware of the news of Strickland’s disappearance. In their statement, the band says that Craig is the most passionate person they know. The statement went on to say that his passion for music and the stage has kept them going miles and miles down the road. “Craig is an amazing person, husband, son, bandmate, and most certainly best friend.”