Family and Friends Find Closure After Craig Strickland’s Body is Found


Friends and family mourn the loss of Craig Strickland, lead singer of Backroad Anthem, whose body was recovered on January 4 after an exhaustive weeklong search. Strickland went missing along with his friend Chase Morland in Kaw Lake, Oklahoma, after their boat capsized during an intense storm.

Strickland’s wife, Helen, recently shared a video memory of her late husband on Instagram.

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.

A video posted by Helen Wisner Strickland (@helenelizabethstrickland) on

Strickland’s bandmates in Backroad Anthem also posted a tribute to him on Instagram.

Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate. Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn’t be matched. Thankful to know he fought his way from the water to a hill and was lying in the shape of a cross on his back looking up to his Heavenly Father. Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” We pray today for God to wrap his arms around Randy, Joanne, Helen, and the family, and to help us through this extremely difficult time. We want to thank every single friend, fan, and family member for your thoughts, prayers, and love. Today he is smiling down on us and we know he will always be with us. He will always be here to help guide us along the way. We love you Craig Strickland and we will forever miss you!

A photo posted by Backroad Anthem (@backroadanthem) on

We would like to express our condolences to Strickland’s family and friends and our local community who knew and loved Strickland.

Image Source: Instagram, Facebook/Backroad Anthem