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Ex-NFL star Erik Affholter missing in Simi Valley hills, found again after calling family

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Erik Affholter

Authorities were mobilized early this morning in a search for a former NFL wide receiver who had gone missing in the Simi Valley area -- but who happily turned up later in the day.

Erik Affholter, who played for USC before going to the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers, was reported missing Sunday night by his girlfriend when he failed to return from a hike in the hills near Simi Valley.

The L.A. Times reported on the search-and-rescue operation this morning, saying that Affholter was dropped off by his girlfriend at about 10 a.m. Sunday at a trailhead near the Metrolink parking lot on Los Angeles Avenue. He never returned, and crews went looking for him last night.

But later today, the Associated Press announced that authorities had called off the search after learning that he contacted his ex-wife and mother by telephone.

Affholter, 46, was a standout at Southern California in the 1980s before being drafted to the Redskins in 1989 and playing for the Packers in 1991.

Simi Valley police Sgt. Craig Duncan said the search was called off after detectives confirmed he had contacted family, but said the matter wouldn’t be closed until they saw Affholter face-to-face.

Duncan said he doesn’t know any details of the conversations with the ex-wife and mother.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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