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Ex-USC, NFL player Erik Affholter missing in Simi Valley hike

May 14, 2012 | 11:48 am

Erik Affholter

Authorities were searching Monday for former USC and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Erik Affholter, who went missing while hiking in the Simi Valley area.

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, police said. The girlfriend called police about 10 p.m. when he didn't return as expected.

About 15 volunteers with the Ventura County sheriff's search-and-rescue team searched through the night, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. They combed the hills around Simi Valley, Oak Park and Agoura on quads, motorcycles and on foot.

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

Affholter's girlfriend described him as an avid hiker, but said he is unfamiliar with trails in the Simi Valley area, police said. He is about 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds with shoulder-length gray-brown hair and a gray beard.

Affholter was wearing a maroon USC sweatshirt, black Adidas sweatpants and black shoes, and was carrying two golf clubs, a walking stick and a backpack. He did not have a cellphone with him. Authorities say there is no indication of foul play.

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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-- KTLA-TV Channel 5

Photo: Erik Affholter. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5