Missing Ontario Hockey League player Terry Trafford’s body was found in his car in a Michigan parking lot on Tuesday, Michigan State Police confirmed.
Trafford, a 20-year-old forward for the Saginaw Spirit, was last seen March 3 at the Dow Event Center, the team’s home arena. The Toronto native was sent home by his team for an “unidentified rules violation” more than a week ago, Spirit president Craig Goslin told MLive.com Tuesday. Trafford was reportedly on his way home when he went missing.
The Spirit confirmed the tragic news in a team statement:
“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that late this afternoon we were informed by the Michigan State Police that the body of Terry Trafford has been found,” the Spirit stated on its website. “Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan. Terry played on our team and was a member of the Spirit family for the last four years and he will be missed. We have reached out to Terry’s parents and will look to provide them with support over the coming days. In addition, we met with team players and staff this evening, along with our Team Chaplain. On behalf of the Spirit we would like to thank the police who were looking for Terry, the media for providing updates and all who provided information. The coming days will be difficult and we will endeavor to keep the community and media apprised of arrangements and other details.”
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