Onetime Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon – reported missing over the weekend – has now been found safe, according to authorities.
“We appreciate the assistance from the public and media,” the Woodstock Police Department tweeted early Monday afternoon.
The department previously reported that Nixon was last seen leaving his suburban home for a golf outing Saturday morning, in which he never arrived.
“I just saw Otis, so hopefully he’s fine.” a worried Ryan Cameron shared with his V-103 listeners hours before the well-known athlete surfaced.
Nixon, 58, played 17 seasons as a major league baseball player for seven different teams. He made a living stealing bases, ranking 16th all-time with 620 career stolen bases. Nixon’s best years came with the Atlanta Braves, where in 1991 he stole a league-leading 72 bases.
Conversely, Nixon’s playing career was hindered by his highly publicized drug issues. He was forced to miss the Braves 1991 World Series appearance against the Minnesota Twins due to suspension following testing positive for cocaine. In 2013, Nixon was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine in Cherokee County.
As of now, authorities say there is no evidence of foul play.
WAOK is working to find out more details.
– Julien Virgin, CBS Local