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Ex-USC, NFL player Erik Affholter turns up unhurt

May 14, 2012 |  1:45 pm


Authorities called off the search Monday for former USC and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Erik Affholter after he contacted family members.

Affholter, 46, was dropped off by his girlfriend about 10 a.m. Sunday at a trailhead behind the Metrolink parking lot on Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley, police said. The girlfriend called police about 10 p.m. when he didn't return as expected.

Simi Valley police would not immediately provide details about how Affholter got lost and when he contacted relatives.

About 15 volunteers with the Ventura County sheriff's search-and-rescue team looked for Affholter through the night in the hills around Simi Valley, Oak Park and Agoura.

They were relieved Monday morning by at least 20 more volunteers, along with search dog teams. A Ventura County sheriff's helicopter was also used to search the area.

An avid hiker, Affholter was unfamiliar with trails in the Simi Valley area, police said. He did not have a cellphone with him.

Affholter played football at Oak Park High School, where he broke a national record with a 62-yard field goal in 1982. He played college football at USC and played a season in the NFL for the Packers.


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