Family and friends of Backroad Anthem singer Craig Strickland are still hoping for his safe return as the third day of search and rescue efforts begins.
The 29-year-old vocalist disappeared on Dec. 26 after heading to Oklahoma for a duck hunt with his friend, 22-year-old Chase Morland. When the pair did not come home from their trip to Kaw Lake, authorities began an intensive search of the area on Dec. 27.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol found the body of Morland early Monday morning near their capsized boat. Strickland’s dog, Sam, was also found in “pretty good condition.” Strickland’s wife, Helen, has kept friends, family and fans updated on search efforts through her Twitter page.
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
“Craig’s dog being found alive is a very good sign,” Backroad Anthem member Toby Freeman told People. “That’s a piece of hope that we’re actually clinging on to.”
Search and rescue efforts are set to resume early Wednesday morning, weather permitting. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons told ArkansasOnline that freezing temperatures and ice on the lake have made their efforts to search the area more difficult than usual. He also says that harsh weather conditions may have been to blame for the capsizing of Strickland and Morland’s boat.
“The day they were out there, the storm came in and the wind got pretty high,” Timmons explained. “It made for a bad situation on the water.”