Search For Missing Arkansas Singer Continues At Kaw Lake

Friday, January 1st 2016, 11:06 pm
By: News 9

It's been nearly a week since two men went missing while duck hunting on Kaw Lake. The body of one of the victims has been found, but the search continues for 29-year-old Craig Strickland. OHP troopers have been searching from sun up to sun down.

As the water reflects what bit of sunset is left, troopers tirelessly search the frigid waters of Kaw Lake hoping their equipment will reflect what is beneath the surface.

"We've had three boats out here running side scan sonar, and we've had absolutely no luck whatsoever,” OHP Lt. Mike Roe said.

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Strickland was duck hunting with his friend, Chase Morland, last weekend when their boat capsized. Strickland has not been seen since. Morland's body was found. Their hunting dog never left his side.

"He stayed with the body until the body was found,” Roe said.

The cold has hampered crews efforts, and it's even colder on the water, but it won't stop them.

"We've had two dogs that are supposed to be able to locate a body underwater,” Roe said. “We literally wore both of those dogs out today."

Troopers believe they know where the two men left the shore and went into the lake, but from there is somewhere within a two and a half a mile long wide area of water. They've been searching it for days.

"They had all their equipment on a small boat and were pulling the boat with all their equipment on it, and they were wading with it chest waders on and apparently got into the water too deep,” Roe said.

Strickland is a country music singer from northwest Arkansas. Support pours out for his wife and family.

"The whole situation is just really, really awful sad how life can be changed in an instant,” a family friend said.

Back in Oklahoma, troopers search relentlessly.

"We'll continue,” Roe said. “We'll continue until we find him."