Backroad Anthem Singer Craig Strickland Found DeadJanuary 4, 2016
Strickland and his friend were caught in a winter storm during a duck hunting trip.
Backroad Anthem’s Craig Strickland, 29, was found dead after disappearing one week ago.
Strickland, his friend Chase Morland and Strickland’s labrador disappeared during a winter storm while duck hunting in Oklahoma. Today (Jan. 4), the Kay County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Strickland’s death following reports they found Morland’s body on Dec. 28.
The day before their hunting trip, Strickland posted an eerie Tweet saying, “In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma.”
— Chase Morland (@ChaseMorland) December 27, 2015
The boat Strickland and Morland had been using was found capsized.
Strickland’s dog Sam was found the day after the men went missing. His wife, Helen, shared the silver lining:
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.
— Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) December 29, 2015
She also says Strickland “fought his way out of the water and up a hill” before he died of hypothermia, adding “They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father.” She goes on, “I know he found Jesus at that moment.”
Backroad Anthem, a rising Fayetteville, Arkansas-based touring band, was formed in 2012 alongside Toby Freeman, Eric Dysart, Josh Bryant, Brandon Robold and Isaac Sentry. The group opened for Dustin Lynch and Eli Young Band, among others, and had plans to perform on New Year’s Eve in Little Rock.