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TORONTO – Michigan police have found the body of missing OHL player Terry Trafford, according to a statement from his team, the Saginaw Spirit.
“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,” the statement said.
Earlier Tuesday police found Trafford’s truck while on patrol behind a Walmart in Michigan with an unidentified body inside.
Trafford’s father, Roy, told Global News that it was his son’s body, but neither Toronto Police or police in Saginaw, Michigan would confirm the body was Trafford’s.
Originally from North York, Trafford had been missing since March 3.
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He was sent home by his OHL team for a unidentified “rules violation.” But Roy Trafford said his son, Terry, had been kicked off the OHL team after being caught smoking marijuana.
At one point in the search, police said they believed Trafford, a centre with the Spirit, might have left the state to return to Toronto.
OHL commissioner David Branch issued a statement expressing condolences to Trafford’s family and friends, saying it’s “a tragic situation for all involved.”
He thanked police for their efforts, and said the league will co-operate with any investigations into Trafford’s death.
The league said Wednesday’s game between the Spirit and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date.
-with files from The Canadian Press