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.
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:
The 29-year-old’s wife Helen Strickland even posted on Twitter:
Craig’s dog Sam has been found. His boat has been confirmed as being capsized. They are still searching for Craig. Please keep praying.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) December 28, 2015
Craig is still missing. The search has been called for the night. It will resume again in the morning with a sonar boat. Still need prayers.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) December 29, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and Chase’s families during this difficult time.
[Image via Craig Strickland/Twitter.]