By Allan Muir
The search for a missing junior hockey player has come to a tragic conclusion.
Michigan State Police announced this afternoon that a truck matching the description of one owned by Terry Trafford was discovered today in a Walmart parking lot with an unidentified male body inside.
Global News Toronto later tweeted that Trafford’s father confirmed the body of his son had been found.
Trafford, a 20-year-old forward with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit, was reported missing over the weekend, setting off a search that stretched across Michigan and Ontario.
He had been suspended by the team more than a week ago but team president Craig Goslin told MLive.com that Trafford was still “on the roster” and could have returned to the Spirit.
Trafford’s girlfriend, Skye Cieszlak said he was devastated after getting kicked off the team for smoking marijuana while on a road trip in Owen Sound, Ontario on Feb. 22.
She added that Trafford suffered from depression for many years and had threatened to kill himself during a phone conversation with her on March 1.
Goslin said that Trafford had been living with him and his wife in the hopes of getting his life in order.
“The reason that he was in with us was that he needed some mentoring,” Goslin said. “We made sure we mentored the young man. He’s a good kid that seems to make some bad decisions at times.”
Trafford played four seasons with the Spirit, recording 29 goals and 49 assists in 221 games. He had not been drafted.