The wife of Backroad Anthem singer Craig Strickland is expressing her gratitude as she offers more details about the discovery of her husband’s body. Helen Elizabeth Strickland says she’s sure Craig, her husband of one year, saw Jesus at the moment of his death.

She writes on Instagram:

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.

Helen proved to be a beacon of light and hope during the 8-day search for the 29-year-old, frequently posting photos and tweets that provided positive updates, despite the grim circumstances. Craig Strickland went missing after leaving for an early morning hunting trip on Dec. 27. His friend, 22-year-old Chase Morland, was found dead the next day. Rescuers continued to search through the weekend, ultimately discovering the singer’s body on Monday (Jan. 4).

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

According to KHBS-TV reporter Pedro Rivera, Strickland was found at about 11:35AM CT in the area of the original search. The pair’s boat capsized on Kaw Lake, and Morland is believed to have died from drowning and being exposed to freezing temperatures. Craig Strickland made it about 75 yards from the water and had attempted to take off his wet waders. Evidence shows they had yet to begin hunting when the incident occurred.

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