Craig Strickland’s body was discovered a full week after he went missing, and now the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division has explained new details surrounding the singer’s death, and why his body was so difficult to recover.
As Gossip Cop reported, Strickland and his friend Chase Morland went missing on December 27 during a duck hunting trip on Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake. Morland’s body was discovered later that day, and authorities revealed that the two men’s boat capsized after being hit by a storm. Exactly seven days later, Strickland was found dead just a quarter of a mile away from where Morland’s body was discovered. The ultimate cause of death was said to be hypothermia.
Despite being in close proximity to Morland, authorities have now explained why it took a week longer to find the Backroad Anthem's singer’s body. The reason is Strickland was found in an area surrounded by thick trees and bushes, and he was also wearing camouflage at the time of his death, making it even more difficult to spot his remains.
Highway Patrol eventually managed to track down Strickland’s body by following debris from his boat, which led a trail to where the singer was located. After performing an autopsy, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office reported there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a factor, and no suspicion of foul play.
Also, here is a video that Strickland made for his wife Helen on their wedding day:
On the day of our wedding Craig had me watch a video he had made to tell me how much he loved me. I am so thankful for technology in this moment because I will always have this. I watched this privately prior to walking down the aisle, and so now I want to share this small excerpt with all of you. Thank you @stylistmeganfarmer for helping him make this. I will cherish it for ever. "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15" Thank you Lord for sharing #craigstrickland with me. You allowed me to borrow him on this earth, but he was always Yours. I will forever cherish our year of marriage. This was truly the type of man you were and will always be remembered as. I love you Craig Michael.