Craig Strickland's Family Is 'Hurting' as Search Continues, But Their 'Faith and Resolve Remains Strong'

by Zach Seemayer 10:07 PM PST, December 29, 2015
Playing Craig Strickland's Family Is 'Hurting' as Search Continues, But Their 'Faith and Resolve Remains Strong'

The family of missing country singer Craig Strickland have been holding vigils at the family's church in Springdale, Arkansas, allowing friends and loved ones to gather together and pray for his safe return.

Cross Church Minister Greg Jones released a statement to ET on Tuesday, sharing, "The Stricklands are dealing with a traumatic situation as a result are hurting but their faith and resolve remains strong."

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Strickland, 29, and his friend, Chase Morland, 22, went missing after their boat capsized during a duck hunt in Oklahoma over the weekend. Morland's body was recovered on Monday.

Hopes for finding Strickland were raised when his dog, who accompanied the duo on their hunting trip, was found alive -- but the search continues for the 29-year-old singer.

A source at Cross Church told ET that Strickland's wife, Helen, and father, Randy, have been participating in group vigils for the last two days, and a staff member of the church has been staying with them for support.

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The source says that nearly 100 people attended Tuesday night's vigil, and that those in attendance have been praying and sharing memories of Strickland and Morland.

"We are praying for comfort and peace for the Moreland and Strickland families and for safety for those involved in the search," the source told ET. "We also want to offer an opportunity for those in our community who know and love them to have a place to come together and show their support during this difficult time. We, of course, continue to pray for Craig's safe return to his family."

According to Jones, the Stricklands feel that the prayers of friends and family are "sustaining them."

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On Tuesday evening, Helen took to Twitter -- where she's been sharing updates on the search -- to post an emotional Biblical quote from Psalms.

"'You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.' - Psalm 56:8," Helen shared.

For more on the search for Strickland, watch the video below.