Craig Strickland of Backroad Anthem entertains the fans late into the night in Ozark, Arkansas on June 7, 2013.
Richey Miller—AP
January 4, 2016 11:38 AM EST

The wife of country music singer Craig Strickland remained hopeful amid her search for closure as the hunt for her missing husband entered its second week.

Helen Strickland thanked search crews Sunday for still scouring the frozen Kaw Lake near Ponca City in northern Oklahoma, where the 27-year-old Backroad Anthem frontman went missing on Dec. 26 after a hunting trip during a violent storm. “Thank you for refusing to give up,” she wrote on Instagram.

The singer’s wife told 40/90 News on Saturday that she had doubts her husband was alive but was still desperate to find him. The body of his 22-year-old hunting partner, Chase Morland, was found early last week near the lake, ABC News reports.

“It’s more painful for us to think he could be underwater,” Helen Strickland said of her husband, according to KHBS-TV. “Still we want that closure in seeing him.”

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