Police investigate death of Urbana's Terry Masar

URBANA — Urbana police are investigating the death of Terry W. Masar, 61, of Urbana, whose body was found Sunday evening at the Super 8 Motel in Urbana.

Mr. Masar was a former University of Illinois football player who had operated several restaurants in Champaign-Urbana. He had been a co-owner of Nature's Table and had once operated Sweet Betsy's in Urbana.

Champaign County Coroner Duane E. Northrup said Mr. Masar's death was being investigated as an unexpected death. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Mr. Masar was reported missing as of 8 a.m. Saturday.

According to a police report, family members had not heard from Mr. Masar for two days before that and thought the disappearance was out of character for him.

He was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. Sunday at the motel, 612 W. Killarney St., U.

Mr. Masar was a punter for the UI football team from 1969 to 1971 and was the team's most valuable player in 1971. He had the sixth most career punts at the UI and held the school record for most punts — 85 — in a season.

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