Terry Trafford was found dead on Tuesday. The Saginaw Spirit forward had been missing for eight days when a State Trooper spotted his truck in a Walmart parking lot in Saginaw Township. Inside was the body of a male, later identified as Trafford, according to MLive News on March 11.
Trafford had sent his girlfriend a message after he was sent home by the Spirit for rule violations the day he went missing. Trafford’s message was disturbing, especially since he went missing immediately following the message. He wrote that “his life was over and that he didn’t want to do it anymore.” His girlfriend said he was devastated being sent home by the Spirit.
While the authorities did not release the name of the young man found dead in Trafford’s truck, his team sent out a statement confirming that Trafford was deceased. The message read:
"Our deepest condolences are with Terry's family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan," the statement said. "Terry played on our team and was a member of the Spirit family for the last four years and he will be missed."
Trafford’s girlfriend, Skye Cieszlak, talked with the media on the scene at Walmart. She met Trafford when the two attended Heritage High School together. Trafford grew up in Toronto and excelled in hockey and boxing at an early age.
As he got into his teens he knew he had to choose one sport over the other, which was hockey. He was picked up in 2010 in the third round of the OHL Priority Selection By Saginaw Spirit.
There is no word on his cause of death or how long Trafford had been in his truck in that parking lot. With the message in mind that he had sent to his girlfriend, it is suggested that he may have ended his own life, but again, nothing official has been released.