VIA| The search for Craig Strickland has ended. His body has been found, and unlike what many people would expect from the family members of a person lost in a tragic accident…his wife, is speaking out in thankfulness.
According to a press release from Lt. Kera Philippi of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the department had “made recovery of the body of Craig M. Strickland this morning.”
Strickland was originally reported as missing on December 27, 2015 after he and a friend, Chase R. Morland were on a duck hunt in Oklahoma. They were hunting in the midst of Winter Storm Goliath.
Craig was found today. We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father. The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep. They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life. I love you with all my heart Craig Michael. #craigstrickland
Strickland’s wife Helen has been publicly strong throughout the search for her husband, updating family and friends through social media as to the updates of the search. In true courage and strength, Helen took to Twitter today to express her sentiments about the tragic passing of her husband.
#CraigStrickland was found today. He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen.
— Helen Strickland (@HelenWisner) January 4, 2016
Sending prayers of comfort going out to the family.