Michigan police find OHL player Terry Trafford dead in truck
Skye Cieszlak, girlfriend of missing Saginaw Spirit hockey player Terry Trafford, is comforted after collapsing in the parking lot of the Saginaw Township Wal-Mart, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP /The Saginaw News, Neil Barris)
Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:20PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:00PM EDT
The Saginaw Spirit have confirmed that the body of missing OHL player Terry Trafford has been found by Michigan police, more than a week after he was reported missing.
Officials located a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle owned by Trafford on Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Saginaw County's Saginaw Township.
A man’s body was found in the car.
The Saginaw Spirit released a statement Tuesday evening offering their condolences to Trafford’s family and friends.
“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.”
“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.”
Trafford, who was 20, was last seen on March 3 at the Dow Event Center, the home arena for the Spirit, on his way home to Toronto.
OHL Commissioner David Branch also issued statement Tuesday evening, saying that it’s “a tragic time for all involved.”
“We will work closely with the Saginaw Spirit to provide any support required to the players and staff during this very difficult time,” the statement adds.
“In addition, all of our teams will be offering support to their players."
The league has postponed Wednesday’s game between the Saginaw Spirit and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
With files from The Canadian Press.