Craig Strickland Update: The country singer’s family clings to hope that he may still be alive after the Backroad Anthem member’s beloved dog is found. Search and rescue crews found “Sam” guarding the body of Strickland’s long-time friend, Chase Morland after their duck hunting boat capsized.
Country singer’s wife Helen Strickland is asking for prayers as the search for her missing husband, Craig Strickland, continues. The Backroad Anthem singer and acoustic guitarist disappeared when the boat he and friend Chase Morland went duck hunting in capsized. Morland’s body was found before the search for the missing men was suspended during a severe Oklahoma snowstorm — Winter Storm Goliath.
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The search for the missing country singer resumed early today. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Craig Strickland and Chase Morland were spotted on the river about two hours after they went duck hunting in the north Tulsa area of Kay County. The Backroad Anthem country singer and his friend had not contacted anyone for 24 hours on Sunday, prompting concern by loved ones and a call to local authorities.
Helen Strickland, the wife of country singer Craig Strickland, asked fans to “keep praying” following her… https://t.co/KUcyrEY9IT
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Helen Strickland was Miss Arkansas in 2014, MSN reports. She has been posting updates about the disappearance of the country singer to her Twitter account ever since Backroad Anthem fans became aware of the situation. On Monday Craig Strickland’s wife tweeted that his beloved dog, Sam, had been found.
“His boat has been confirmed as being capsized. They are still searching for Craig. Please keep praying,” the missing country singer’s wife posted to social media.
Country singer missing — Craig Strickland feared dead after capsized boat found in Oklahoma
Please say special prayers for Chase Morland. They were very close. Craig is still missing please pray 4 safe retrn pic.twitter.com/pbM3qNUAWS
— Backroad Anthem (@BackroadAnthem) December 28, 2015
Morland posted what is now being viewed as a rather cryptic and sad tweet by Backroad Anthem fans, before he and Craig Strickland headed out in a boat to go duck hunting.
“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Chase Morland tweeted.
On the Backroad Anthem Facebook page, the bank urged fans to prayer for the family of Chase Morland. The social media post called Morland’s death a “heartbreaking loss,” and noted that he and Strickland had been extremely close friends for a long time. In addition to Strickland, the members of the band include Brandon Robold, Eric Dysart, Toby Freeman, Josh Bryant, and Isaac Senty.
A prayer vigil was held for Craig Strickland at Cross Church in his hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, last night. The country singer’s father, Randy Strickland, said the family is holding out hope that he is still alive, People reports.
“We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive. Hoping against the odds,” the elder Strickland said. “We can’t even stand to think about it. We are devastated. Only God and time can put us back together.”
Backroad Anthem Live Performance And Craig Strickland Interview
Backroad Anthem formed in 2012, and the band of six seemed to be on the fast track to country music success. They released their first album in 2013. The country rock album included five original titles and two live bonus tracks. The album hit No. 18 on the iTunes Country Music Chart. Strickland said that when the band formed, the six young men were only acquaintances, but quickly became best friends over their shared vision of the style of country music they wanted to create.
Less than three years after deciding to start a band, Craig Strickland and the members of Backroad Anthem opened for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay, the Eli Yong Band, Justin Moore, and performed alongside Toby Keith and Luke Bryan at the Thunder Mountain Country Music Festival.
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