Search resumes for Ark. country singer lost in flooding

TULSA, Okla. -- A search resumed Tuesday along a 38-mile long lake in northern Oklahoma for an Arkansas country singer and a friend who went missing while duck hunting in severe weather.

See Full Article

Authorities returned to massive Kaw Lake, which nearly stretches into Kansas, in attempts to find 29-year-old Craig Strickland of Springdale, Arkansas, who went missing on Sunday after his boat capsized. On Monday, troopers recovered the body of Strickland's hunting companion, Chase Morland, from the lake.

Strickland is the lead singer of the Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem. The band posted a Twitter message Tuesday from Strickland's father, Randy, who reported that the family was at the Kay County Sheriff's Office, where the power was out and running on a generator. Randy Strickland did not immediately return a message at his Oklahoma address seeking comment but said in the online post that Craig's dog, Sam, had been found.

The expansive terrain, coupled with the severe storms that pounded the area over the weekend, hampered rescue efforts, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons. The severe rains and flooding are blamed for at least five deaths in Oklahoma and more than 100 injuries, according to state health officials. On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency after blizzard conditions affected parts of the state and heavy rains fell.

Kay County Sheriff Everette VanHoesen said the enormity and unpredictable nature of the lake catches many inexperienced boaters by surprise.

"It's a big lake, and when we have high winds, the lake will get whitecapped; the waves get pretty big," VanHoesen said Tuesday. "I understand these men were avid hunters. They knew what they were doing, but sometimes the size of our lake really tricks them."

A message posted to Morland's Twitter account before the pair set out read: "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm."

Strickland is married to former Miss Arkansas Helen Wisner, who posted a message on her Twitter account reading, "We love you Craig Michael. Come home."



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Flinthook, retro-inspired game by Montreal indie team, swings into action

    Entertainment CBC News
    If Flinthook looks, at first, like a video game from 20 years ago, don't be too shocked — that's the point. You play Captain Flinthook, a diminutive space pirate looking to plunder as much gold as possible by raiding the ships of other, nastier pirates. Source
  • Actress Erin Moran of Happy Days fame dead at 56

    Entertainment CBC News
    Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, died Saturday at age 56. A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Ind., said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Source
  • 'Happy Days' star Erin Moran dies

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” died Saturday at age 56. A statement from the sheriff’s department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher “received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Source
  • Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' dies at 56

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday at age 56. A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Source
  • Bruce Springsteen surprises fans at film festival

    Entertainment CTV News
    Steven Van Zandt, left, Southside Johnny, and Bruce Springsteen perform at The Asbury Park Music And Film Festival at The Paramount Theater on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Asbury Park, NJ. (Photo by Michael Zorn / Invision / AP) Source
  • Coachella 2017: The music, fashion and parties

    Entertainment CBC News
    COMEDY Comic Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie Murphy, dead at 57 Source
  • 'Avengers: Infinity War' will be 'exactly what the fans want': Chris Pratt [Video]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t hit theatres until next month, but Chris Pratt is already teasing big things for his intergalactic band of misfits when they return in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Source
  • Ex-nanny says Scary Spice got her drunk for three-way with husband

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Mel B’s ex-nanny has accused the former Spice Girl of plying her with alcohol when she was an 18-year-old student and encouraging the young woman to have sex with her and her husband. The new allegations appear in a defamation suit filed by Lorraine Gilles, who claims the Wannabe singer, who is now an international TV personality, seduced her when she was a teenager and is now trying to suggest Gilles is “a homewrecker, prostitute, and extortionist,” amid her divorce from Stephen…
  • 'Avatar' sequels get release dates

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — James Cameron has set the release dates for the next four Avatar sequels, with the first coming in 2020. The movie’s Facebook page Saturday posted a photo of Cameron and his massive film crew, who have been working on all four films simultaneously. Source
  • 'Avengers: Infinity War' will be 'exactly what the fans want': Chris Pratt

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t hit theatres until next month, but Chris Pratt is already teasing big things for his intergalactic band of misfits when they return in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Source