Member of Backroad Anthem goes missing while duck hunting FOUND

UPDATE 1/4/15 –  Strickland’s body was recovered Monday in the wake of Winter Storm Goliath, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Strickland’s body was found along the shoreline of Kaw Lake.

UPDATE:  12/30/15 –  Craig’s dog, Sam was found by the body of Strickland’s friend, Chase Morland, on Monday.

“For everyone wanting to know, Sam is fine. He was a brave boy. He wouldn’t leave Chase’s body until the Warden found him,” she tweeted.

Family members said Sam is an older dog and the fact that he survived  gave them hope that Strickland might be found alive.

UPDATE:  12/28/1 – Authorities have found one body and have identified the deceased as Chase R. Morland, 22, of Van Buren, Arkansas.

Original Story:  Craig Strickland and Chase Morland have gone missing at Kaw Lake in Oklahoma while duck hunting on Sunday, and their boat was found capsized.   Craig is a member of the Arkansas band, Backroad Anthem and does lead vocals and acoustic guitar.  They have not made any contact with anyone since 2 a.m. on Sunday. On the bands Facebook page it reads:  “We are asking all fans to please pray for Craig and Chase to be found safe and sound.”

News9 reports that Strickland and Morland’s boat was found capsized just after midnight Monday.

Craig Strickland

On Facebook the post also stated:  “We do know they issued a search party which ended last night about 2 am, and that they were resuming the search party this morning at 6:30 am. We are asking all fans to please pray for Craig and Chase to be found safe and sound. Please also pray for Craigs family, his wife, and for us band members. We love you guys and we appreciate your ever loving support for our dream.”

Rick Strickland told Backroad Anthem that Craig and Chase had not returned from their hunting trip. 

On December 26, Morland posted:   “In case we don’t come back, Craig Strickland and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma.”

Another search will be done on Monday.  Oklahoma emergency officials say more than 50 people have been injured and about 175,000 are without power after a powerful winter storm blanketed much of the state with ice and brought flooding to eastern parts of the state.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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