Country singer Craig Strickland's body has been found in Oklahoma

The body of rising country singer Craig Strickland, who disappeared in late December after embarking on a duck hunting trip, has been found. Strickland's wife, Helen, acknowledged the news via Twitter on Monday morning.

"#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," she wrote. Shortly thereafter, his band's Twitter account retweeted the news.

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The country singer, who led the Fayetteville, Ark., sextet Backroad Anthem, vanished in rural Oklahoma on Dec. 27, and authorities had been searching a lake where the body of his hunting partner had been discovered last week. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Strickland's body was found in northern Oklahoma in an area known as Bear Creek Cove.

On the day he disappeared, Strickland, 29, whose band was just establishing itself on the national stage, retweeted a message from his hunting partner that jokingly bid farewell as they headed into foul weather. 

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

That message now serves as a makeshift memorial as fans virtually gather to celebrate the singer.

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