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Craig Strickland's wife releases heartbreaking statement about his death

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Country singer Craig Strickland's disappearance story comes to a sad end

The fears of friends, family and fans of country singer Craig Strickland were realized today as authorities released the information that Strickland was found dead early on Monday.

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division made recovery of the body of Craig M. Strickland this morning Jan. 4, 2016," a spokesperson confirmed in a statement to People magazine. "Strickland's body was located within the original search area known as Bear Creek Cove. The Strickland family has been notified of the recovery."

Strickland's wife, Helen Strickland, confirmed the sad news in a heartbreaking tweet.

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"#CraigStrickland was found today," she wrote. "He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen."

Helen gave more information about the recovery of Strickland's body on Instagram.

"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," she wrote in the caption of a photo of herself with Strickland. "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."

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

She had been using social media to keep fans updated on theories and search methods being used to help find Strickland since he went missing in the last days of December.

We were unable to locate Craig Strickland today. However, we are able to stay positive after conducting an interesting experiment to see if waders actually cause a person to sink. Since Craig was most likely wearing his waders it would be helpful to know what actually happens when a duck hunter falls into the water. Craig's friend put on the same style waders Craig wore last Sunday and tested it's buoyancy in the hotel pool. From this experiment we can conclude that Craig may have actually floated after the boat was capsized. Our family wants to thank Craig's friends Garthe Goodwin, Ryan Ney, Brandon James and Jake Terry who have not stopped trying to do everything possible to find Craig. Thank you for being willing to try this experiment to answer more questions for our family. #powerofprayer #craigstrickland #prayersforcraig @oleboy40 https://youtu.be/Hk-wOT24H18

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

She also posted a sweet photo on Instagram of the two of them on Christmas, just days before Strickland went missing.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Stricklands!!

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

Strickland and his friend Chase R. Morland left for a planned duck hunt on Kaw Lake in Kay County, Oklahoma, on Saturday, Dec. 26. Both were reported missing on Sunday, Dec. 27 after not being heard from in over 24 hours. The boat the pair was using in the hunt was found capsized on Dec. 27 and Morland was found dead on Dec. 28.

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Strickland's black lab, Sam, who was on the trip with Strickland and Morland, was found safe when Morland's body was recovered.

Morland posted an ominous tweet on Dec. 26 as the two embarked on their fateful trip, referencing winter storm Goliath. "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma," he wrote. Strickland retweeted Morland's words into his own feed.

Our thoughts are with both Strickland and Morland's loved ones during this hard time.

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