Craig Strickland was last seen on Dec. 26, 2015, going on a hunting trip with a friend. After going missing, the country singer's body was not discovered until over a week later, on Jan. 4, and local law enforcement recently explained the reason for the delay.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division released a statement to Us Weekly, explaining that the singer's camouflage duck-hunting gear obscured him from the sight of search rescuers. He was eventually found by an OHP trooper in an area filled with thick tree and brush.
According to the release obtained by US Weekly, the friends had chartered a boat with no motor, and brought along their hunting equipment, which was later found along the shoreline close by where their bodies were located. Craig's hunting friend, Chase Morland, was also found dead, a quarter of a mile away from Craig's body. The two had attempted to brave the storm Goliath to go duck hunting in a lake in Kay County, Oklahoma. It's believed that their boat capsized while they were out hunting.
Their causes of death have not yet been determined, but it's likely that the storm played a factor.
His last tweet hauntingly predicted the outcome, as he wrote on Dec. 26, "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm"
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