Ex-Braves OF Otis Nixon found safe, police say

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon has been found and is safe, police said Monday afternoon.

The Woodstock, Georgia, police department had reached out to the public asking for assistance in locating him.

A tweet from the department later said: "Otis Nixon has been located and is safe. We appreciate the assistance from the public and media."

Police spokeswoman Brittany Duncan had no other details on where Nixon was found or the circumstances. Duncan said there was no foul play involved and that police consider the case closed.

Nixon, 58, was last seen around 10 a.m. Saturday leaving his home in Woodstock, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, police said. He left in a gray Range Rover and was on his way to a golf course, where he had a tee time. He never arrived, police said.

Nixon's girlfriend, who lives with him, reported him missing, police said.

Nixon's best years came as an outfielder for the Braves. In 1991, Nixon stole 72 bases, but in September of that season he tested positive for cocaine and was suspended 60 days. He missed the playoffs, in which the Braves lost to the Twins in seven games.

In 1992, Nixon's .294 average and team-leading 41 steals helped the Braves make it back to the World Series. He hit .296 for the series but made the last out of the Fall Classic trying to bunt for a base hit as the Blue Jays won in six games.

Nixon played for nine teams in 17 major league seasons. He had 1,379 hits and 620 stolen bases.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.