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By Alex Johnson

As darkness fell Wednesday night, authorities again suspended their search for Craig Strickland, frontman for the country band Backroad Anthem, who disappeared three days ago on a duck-hunting trip as a violent storm lashed Oklahoma and the rest of the Midwest.

The body of Strickland's hunting buddy, Chase Morland, 22, was found Monday in Kaw Lake near Ponca City in northern Oklahoma, the state Highway Patrol said.

Troopers used a boat with side canning sonar, which can locate items submerged underwater, as well as a helicopter and ground crews in searching for Strickland, 29, on Wednesday.

The search will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday with an additional boat with side scanning sonar, a helicopter, and two search dogs from Missouri, the Oklahoma State Patrol said.

Related: Craig Strickland's Wife Asks Fans to 'Keep Praying' for His Return

Backroad Anthem formed in 2012 when its six members met at their church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The band posted its gratitude to its fans Wednesday on Facebook, describing Strickland as "the most passionate person that we know" and describing him as "on fire for God, his Wife, his family, his life, and this band."