On Monday, more than a week after Strickland was reported missing on December 27, his body was found near Kaw Lake, in Oklahoma. The cause of death was determined to be hypothermia, USA Today reports. After the boat capsized Strickland had been able to make it to shore and up a hill before succumbing to the cold. Authorities determined that Strickland's hunting partner, Chase Morland, drowned in the lake. Strickland's wife, Helen, wrote on Instagram: "We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father...He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep."