Terry Trafford, a OHL player from Toronto, has been missing for 8 days. The mystery of his whereabouts has ended. Tuesday night, Police discovered Trafford’s body in his truck, in a Walmart parking lot located in Michigan. Trafford was only 20 years old.
On February 22nd, Trafford was cut from the Saginaw Spirit minor league team for smoking marijuana, which was a major rule violation. On Sunday, Toronto police stated Trafford may have been heading home when he went missing and there were no signs that he left the U.S. Trafford was last seen on March 3rd around 9:30am, at the Dow Event Center which is the Ontario Hockey League club’s home arena. State police Lt. Brian Cole stated “One of our troopers was patrolling the parking lot, observed a vehicle which appeared to match the description of the vehicle that the missing player was last seen driving. He observed a deceased male inside the vehicle”. Police have not indicated the cause of death at this time.
Earlier this week Trafford’s family stated to many news organizations that they had expected their son home last Monday night. However, Trafford never came home. The family tried to contact him via phone calls, text messages, and emails but he never replied. Trafford’s girlfriend, Skye Cieszlak, told the police that the last time she spoke to him was Sunday night. He sent her a depressing text message saying “‘his life was over and that he didn’t want to do it anymore”.
Saginaw Spirit has been showing Trafford’s family tons of support. Teammate Gregg Sutch, tweeted about Trafford’s passing “Always known for being a prankster in the room, sometimes he drove you up the wall, but no matter what, you loved Traff”. On Tuesday evening, the Saginaw Spirit announced that the team had postponed Wednesday’s game due to Trafford’s passing.