Country Singer Craig Strickland Is Missing After Going On Oklahoma Hunting Trip With Now-Deceased Friend

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We are absolutely devastated!

Craig Strickland — lead singer of the country band Backroad Anthem — is declared missing after he went on a camping trip with friend Chase Marland in Kay County, Oklahoma.

On Monday, Marland was found dead.

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Search efforts for both men began on Sunday when their boat was found capsized.

According to a spokesperson from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety :

“At approximately 11:10 hours Trooper Humdy and Trooper Vann recovered one subject; Chase R. Marland 22 year old male from Van Buren, AR., from Kaw Lake├óΓé¼┬ª At this time search efforts are still underway in attempt to locate Craig M. Strickland, 29 year old male 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.”

Authorities will resume their search on Tuesday.

“At this time the search efforts are going to be suspended for the day due to weather and fading lights. Search efforts will resume in the morning.”

The musician’s band released the following statement on Facebook:

Everyone please say special prayers for the family of Chase Morland. They were very close friends and it is such a…
Posted by Backroad Anthem on Monday, December 28, 2015

The 29-year-old’s wife Helen Strickland even posted on Twitter:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and Chase’s families during this difficult time.

[Image via Craig Strickland/Twitter.]

Dec 28, 2015 9:34pm PDT

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