Searchers find Strickland’s body

Ponca City Now - January 4, 2016 12:27 pm

Kay County Undersheriff Steve Kelley confirmed today that the search team at Kaw Lake, looking for Craig Strickland of Arkansas, found his body about 11:45 a.m. Monday.

"Searchers did locate the second body along the shoreline at about 11:45 a.m. Monday," he said about 12:15 p.m. Monday.

The search was a combined effort of the Kay County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma Game Rangers, Kelley said.

He said the body was found by personnel on the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s boat.

"Three of the Kay County Sheriff’s Office personnel were on horseback and four-wheelers assisting the Highway Patrol and Game Rangers in the search," Kelley said.

The search had entered the second week today. Strickland’s friend and hunting companion, Chase Morland, also died after the two went hunting on Kaw Lake during a fierce storm last weekend. Morland’s body was found last Monday.

Strickland’s body was located within the original search area known as Bear Creek Cove, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported at 12:40 p.m. The Strickland family has been notified of the recovery. More information will be released when a full update is provided.


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