CROWELL, Texas (TNN) - On New Year’s Eve, country music star Casey Donahew launched a search for his friend’s father who went missing in Crowell. 73-year-old Ronnie Craig was found dead around 11 a.m. on Jan. 2.
The search for Craig went on for two days. He was on a deer hunting lease on Dec. 31. Foard County Sheriff Mike Brown said Craig got turned around in the bad weather conditions that day and was found two miles east from where he was making his way back to.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice sent dogs and game wardens to help and Brown said private helicopters from Knox City were also out during the search.
“Just an unbelievable amount of support from all over really. Cowboys from neighboring ranches. It was really just quite overwhelming to see the love from people,” said Lorin Craig, Ronnie Craig’s daughter-in-law, on the family’s gratitude to everyone.
On Jan. 2, many volunteers showed up on horseback to help with the search. The Texas Department of Public Safety, Crowell Fire Department, Game Department, and Crowell Sheriff’s Office were all involved in the search for Craig.
“It was really inspiring to see the community, and friends and family, and the people that drove and how far they drove, and the responses we got on Facebook,” said Casey Donahew.
Craig reportedly died of hypothermia.
The service for Ronnie Craig is set for Thursday at 1 p.m. in Granbury.
His obituary can be found here.