Craig Strickland: Country Singer Missing, Friend Dead After Ominous Hunting Tweet

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Authorities are searching for Craig Strickland after 29-year-old country singer went missing on a duck hunting trip this week.

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He went hunting with friend Chase Marland, who was found dead, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety confirmed in a statement. 

Police have "recovered one subject; Chase R. Marland, 22 year old male from Van Buren, AR., from Kaw Lake," a spokesperson said.

"At this time search efforts are still underway in attempt to locate Craig M. Strickland, 29 year old male from Springdale, AR."

Both men were in a boat, with "no personal floatation devises in use ... the boat has been found but not recovered at this time."

Authorities continue, "At this time the search efforts are going to be suspended for the day due to weather and fading lights.

"Search efforts will resume in the morning."

Additionally, a law enforcement source also notes that the search for Craig is still a rescue effort, not a recovery effort, at this time.

On Sunday, a search was launched when a boat the two men were using to hunt ducks north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was found capsized.

That news came just two days after Marland tweeted about the risky trip, as if his online words unknowingly foreshadowed his fate:

"In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma."

"#IntoTheStorm."

Strickland's band, Backroad Anthem, posted on Facebook: "Everyone please say special prayers for the family of Chase Morland."

"They were very close friends and it is such a heartbreaking loss. Randy Strickland (Craig's father) has informed us Craig has not been found."

"Please keep praying for his safety. We are trying to think of a scenario where he is still alive. Hoping against the odds."

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