Craig Strickland’s camouflage duck-hunting gear made it especially hard for search rescuers to find him, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division revealed on Tuesday, January 5.
According to a statement released to Us Weekly, the late country singer’s body was located at 11:35 a.m. on Monday, January 4, by an OHP trooper who was searching on foot in a thick tree and brush area, approximately 75 feet off the shoreline, near Bear Creek Cove. Strickland’s body was found 1/4 mile north of where his friend, Chase Morland, was found dead on December 28. According to the release, Morland’s body was found in shallow water.
As previously reported, the two friends braved storm Goliath to go duck hunting in Kaw Lake in Kay County, Oklahoma, on December 26. A search was launched after they were reported missing.
According to the release, Strickland and Morland had chartered a 1977 Flat Bottom John Boat with no motor and had with them hunting equipment, including an ice chest and decoys. After the boat capsized, the hunting items created a “debris field” along the shoreline near where they were located.
The official causes of death are yet to be determined, although weather is said to be a factor.
On Tuesday, Strickland’s wife, Helen, shared a clip of a sweet video that the Backroad Anthem singer had made prior to their 2014 nuptials. "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,” the former Miss Arkansas captioned the Instagram post.
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