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The body of Backroad Anthem lead singer Craig Strickland has been recovered, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division. Search crews found Strickland’s body this morning, more than a week after he disappeared while duck hunting on Kaw Lake with his friend Chase Morland.

Morland’s body was recovered last Monday, as was the pair’s capsized boat. Craig’s dog Sam was found alive. Shortly before their disappearance, Chase tweeted about the severity of the winter storm the two were braving to continue with their hunt.

Craig’s wife, former Miss Arkansas Helen Strickland, reacted to the news on Twitter. “#CraigStrickland was found today. He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen.”

The band Backroad Anthem came together in 2012 after its six members met while attending church together in Arkansas. Their career found new momentum after they were discovered by Justin Moore’s manager when they opened a show for the country hitmaker. The band’s debut EP Torn was released digitally last fall. 

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