Craig Strickland still missing after deadly hunting trip; family holds out hope

The search for Backroad Anthem lead singer Craig Strickland in an Oklahoma lake will resume Wednesday after searchers came up empty handed and wrapped the search late Tuesday night, his wife tweeted.

The 29-year-old country singer had been on a duck hunting trip at Kaw Lake with his friend Chase Marland, 22, during Winter Storm Goliath, which has swept across the Plains and Midwest. When the pair failed to return, authorities searched the lake and found their boat capsized, along with Marland's body.

Marland had tweeted before their trip that they would be hunting despite the storm.

Strickland's wife has been tweeting that she is still praying for her husband's safe return. She shared a bible verse late Tuesday.

"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." - Psalm 56:8

She also wrote that her husband's dog had been found alive: “Craig’s dog Sam has been found. His boat has been confirmed as being capsized. They are still searching for Craig. Please keep praying.”

She added that the dog stayed beside Marland's body until it was found.

Early Tuesday morning Helen Strickland posted a photo with her husband.

Sheriff Joel Kerns said rescuers also are searching for a man whose vehicle was swept off a flooded county road.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher Randy Munsiger told FOX411 that three troopers searched the lake Monday, and more scoured the shore. A helicopter was also used. Formed by a 121-foot dam, Kaw Lake is 38 miles long and has 170 miles of shoreline, according to its website.

The expansive terrain, coupled with the severe storms that pounded the area over the weekend, hampered rescue efforts, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons. The severe rains and flooding are blamed for at least five deaths in Oklahoma and more than 100 injuries, according to state health officials. On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency after blizzard conditions affected parts of the state and heavy rains fell.

Kay County Sheriff Everette VanHoesen said the enormity and unpredictable nature of the lake catches many inexperienced boaters by surprise.

"It's a big lake, and when we have high winds, the lake will get whitecapped; the waves get pretty big," VanHoesen said Tuesday. "I understand these men were avid hunters. They knew what they were doing, but sometimes the size of our lake really tricks them."

The Stricklands' pastor, Heath Bryant, held a prayer service Monday night, telling followers: “Come be a part of a time of prayer for @BackroadCRAIG and @HelenWisner at the Cross Church Springdale campus student building at 9pm”

Backroad Anthem is scheduled to play a New Year's Eve party at the Revolution Room in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.