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PONCA CITY, Okla. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials confirm the body of a missing country singer from Arkansas, who disappeared during a holiday storm, has been recovered from an Oklahoma lake.

The patrol says its Marine Enforcement Division recovered the body of 29-year-old Craig Strickland Monday morning in Kaw Lake, located 8 miles east of Ponca City just south of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.


Strickland and a friend, Chase R. Morland, were reported missing on December 27 during a duck hunting trip on the Kay County lake. The pair’s capsized boat was found the same day. Morland’s body was recovered from the lake a day later. It was just one day before Strickland went missing that winter storms spun deadly tornadoes in North Texas. In all, 11 people were killed after 12 separate tornadoes touched down.

Strickland is the lead singer of the Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem. The patrol says Strickland’s body was recovered within an area known as Bear Creek Cove.

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