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OHP: No foul play suspected in hunters' deaths

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 14:24:42-05

The bodies of both of the men who were reported missing during a duck hunt in Oklahoma were found and authorities have shed more light as to their cause of deaths.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol found Craig Strickland, 29, Monday in a search that started on December 27, when family members of the two men reported them missing. 

Chase Morland, 22, was located on Dec. 28 in shallow water near Kaw Lake where the men were said to have been hunting, says OHP. 

OHP went on to say that Strickland was discovered around 75 feet from the shoreline. Authorities say thick tree lines and Strickland’s camouflage apparel made it more difficult to locate his body. They say Strickland was found around three quarters of a mile north from the boat ramp and west of the shoreline.

The men were located around one quarter of a mile from each other.

The pair were said to have been in a 1977 Flat Bottom John Boat with no motor. According to state troopers, the theory is that the boat capsized during rough winter weather.

As of Tuesday, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office has not given an official cause of death. Craig Strickland’s spouse posted Monday about the discovery of her husband saying, “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.” 

OHP went on to say that there were no indications of drug or alcohol use or any suspicion of foul play.

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