Country singer Craig Strickland's body has been located, ET can confirm.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division recovered the 29-year-old's body on Monday in an area of Oklahoma called Bear Creek Cove, after the singer and his friend, Chase R. Morland, 22, had been reported missing since Dec. 26, following a duck hunting trip in Kay County, Oklahoma. Morland's body had been found on Dec. 28.
After Strickland's body was found on Monday, his wife Helen tweeted, "#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."
#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.— Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) January 4, 2016
On Sunday, as the search for Strickland entered its second week, Helen shared her appreciation for those who continued to search.
"Thank you for refusing to give up," Helen wrote under a video to the team.
Prior to the men going missing, Morland sent out an ominous tweet about the severe weather the two were facing on their excursion.
"In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm," Chase wrote on Twitter last Saturday.
Shortly after authorities had located the pair's capsized boat, police confirmed that Morland had been found dead.
Still, the Strickland family held out hope when the country singer's dog Sam, who came along for the trip, was found alive. "For everyone wanting to know, Sam is fine," Strickland's wife tweeted on Tuesday, along with a picture of the Labrador Retriever. "He was a brave boy. He wouldn't leave Chase's body until the Warden found him."
Helen, a former Miss Arkansas, had been giving updates on the search via Twitter, and on Tuesday, thanked all of the supporters. "We are overwhelmed with the love and prayers we have received," she tweeted. "Thank you all."
We love you Craig Michael. Come home. pic.twitter.com/Qiym6OrPiY— Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) December 29, 2015
The Strickland family had also 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.
"The Stricklands are dealing with a traumatic situation, [and] as a result are hurting, but their faith and resolve remains strong," Cross Church Minister Greg Jones said in a statement to ET on Tuesday.
Craig's father, Randy Strickland, told ET on Monday that the family was "hoping against the odds."
"We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive," he said. "Hoping against the odds. We can't even stand to think about it. We are devastated. Only God & time can put us back together."
Strickland was the lead singer and acoustic guitarist for Backroad Anthem, a local country/rock band in Alma, Arkansas.
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