Timeline leading up to Terry Trafford's death - WNEM TV 5

Timeline leading up to Terry Trafford's death

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After Saginaw Spirit Hockey player Terry Trafford went missing March 3, an eight day search ensued spanning two countries and hundreds of miles. The search gained national attention. Here is a timeline leading up to his death.

February 25 - Terry Trafford was sent home for the weekend for violating team policy. Toronto Police confirmed the 20-year-old also entered Canada the same day.

March 2 - Trafford's girlfriend, Skye Cieszlack, becomes concerned for his well-being after she said he sent her "disturbing" text messages. She said Trafford was told by his agent that the Spirit did not want him back on the team. Saginaw Spirit President Craig Goslin has denied that the suspension was permanent. Toronto Police confirmed that Trafford returned to Michigan on this day.

March 3 - Trafford was seen last seen leaving the Dow Event Center where he reportedly said goodbye to his teammates. He was seen leaving in a green GMC pick-up truck. It would be the last time anyone that knew him would see or hear from him.

Three days went by and there was still no sign of Terry Trafford. During this time, Cieszlack traveled to Toronto to visit Trafford's parents and search for him there. Cieszlack along with Trafford's parents appeared on a Canadian television station pleading for information.

March 7 - Toronto Police received a report of a missing person for Terry Trafford. The family said they had reason to believe he may have returned to Canada.

March 8 - Canadian Border Services confirmed with Toronto Police that Trafford did not return to Canada. Trafford never left Michigan.

March 9 - The Michigan State Police begin their investigation into Trafford's disappearance.

March 10 - TV5 interviews Cieszlack about the text messages Trafford sent to her phone. Cieszlack describes Trafford's state-of-mind after getting sent home as "devastated."

TV5 also interviewed Goslin about Trafford's reaction to being sent home. Goslin said he showed no signs of "anger" or "aggression."

March 11 - The eight day search comes to a tragic end. A Michigan State Trooper discovered Trafford's vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart in Saginaw Township with a deceased male inside. Within hours police confirmed it was Terry Trafford inside the truck.

March 13 - Saginaw County Medical Examiner Kanu Virani released details of autopsy. The finding showed that Trafford committed suicide. Virani said the cause of death was asphyxiation with the use of helium and that he had likely been dead since March 3. 

Spirit President Craig Goslin held a press conference stating that Trafford's former teammates are "devastated" and grief counselors are available to them.

According to the family, funeral arrangements will be held in Toronto on Sunday March 16.

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