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Missing OHL player Terry Trafford found dead in Michigan

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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The story about missing OHL player Terry Trafford has ended in the worst possible way; the forward for the Saginaw Spirit was found dead on Tuesday.

Trafford was last seen on Monday, March 3 when he was disciplined by the Spirit for a violation of team rules. Nobody knew where he was and soon the search began for Trafford. Police in Michigan released information about the car that Trafford was believed to be driving, asking people to look out for it.

On Tuesday a truck matching the description was found in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Saginaw with a deceased male inside. Later it was confirmed to be the body of Trafford. The Spirit made the awful announcement on Tuesday night.

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.

What an awful end to this story, that everybody's worst fears were confirmed.

The 20-year-old Trafford had a history of depression according to his girlfriend. She explained to the Toronto Sun that he didn't take the punishment from the Spirit well.

She said he was upset during a March 1 phone call in which Trafford threatened to kill himself.

"He left [March 2] from Toronto, across the border and hung out with a couple guys on the team to say goodbye," she said. The next morning it was "his plan was to go pick up all his things from the rink and then to come to my house. That's the last everyone has heard from him."

Trafford joined the Spirit in 2010 and the Toronto native was playing in his final season as a junior player. He had eight goals and 24 assists in 54 games this season with the Spirit.

(Image via Saginaw Spirit/OHL)

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