A Prophetic Tweet, Then a Country Singer Goes Missing

Craig Strickland went duck hunting in Oklahoma during Winter Storm Goliath
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2015 6:17 AM CST
A Prophetic Tweet, Then a Country Singer Goes Missing
Craig Strickland, left, and Chase Morland.   (Twitter)

Craig Strickland of Arkansas country music band Backroad Anthem set out on a hunting trip north of Tulsa over the weekend in the midst of a winter storm. "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks," his friend, 22-year-old Chase Morland, tweeted late Saturday, attaching a smiling emoji with a raindrop on its head. The men were last seen about two hours later, per the Huffington Post. Family members reported the pair missing late Sunday. Authorities found a capsized boat in Kaw Lake just after midnight on Monday, report News9 and KFSM. Morland's body was later recovered, while Strickland, 29, has not been found.

A search of the lake was suspended Monday due to weather—including ice on boat ramps—but is expected to resume on Tuesday with sonar equipment; authorities believe the men were not using personal flotation devices. "We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive. Hoping against the odds," Strickland's father, Randy Strickland, wrote in a statement posted on the band's Facebook page. Backroad Anthem has previously performed with artists like Justin Moore and Dierks Bentley, reports THV11. The band is scheduled to perform on New Year's Eve in Little Rock. Strickland is married to Helen Wiser, Miss Arkansas USA 2014. (More missing person stories.)

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