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The Tragic Story of Two Hunters

**UPDATE. Tuesday, January 5, 2016. 10:20 a.m.

On Monday, more than a week after Strickland was reported missing on December 27, his body was found near Kaw Lake, in Oklahoma. The cause of death was determined to be hypothermia, USA Today reports. After the boat capsized Strickland had been able to make it to shore and up a hill before succumbing to the cold. Authorities determined that Strickland’s hunting partner, Chase Morland, drowned in the lake. Strickland’s wife, Helen, wrote on Instagram: “We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father…He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep.”

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

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

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Hunting buddies Chase and Craig, took what seemed to be a manageable risk at the time, ended up ending the life of one and left another missing.

They went hunting during a severe storm and it appears their truck was overtaken by flood waters.

Sunday Chase Morland sent out this tweet:

The next day Chase’s body was found after the flood waters.

Craig Strickland is currently missing.

People Magazine Said this:

When Chase Morland’s loved ones think about him, the first thing that comes to mind is how passionate he was about the outdoors.

Morland – whose body was recovered Monday afternoon from Kaw Lake in Oklahoma after being reported missing along with country singer Craig Strickland (a search is still currently underway for him) – “was always exploring and trying to find new and interesting and cool things to do,” his best friend Clint Wagnon tells PEOPLE

Never try to cross flood waters and let people know where you’re going, it may save your life.

Our hearts are with their families.

Be careful out there.

About Alexander Theberge

Alex is the former creative director of The Maine Sportsman. An avid fisherman and professional photographer he enjoys everything about the outdoors.

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