FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities said former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been found dead in a river in northeast Indiana.
The Allen County Coroner's Office said the 31-year-old's body was identified Thursday, but that the cause and manner of death are still being investigated.
The coroner said the former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens player was reported missing a few weeks ago by relatives. His body was discovered Wednesday in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne.
The former Indiana University star was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Bills. A series of injuries limited him to 16 games over two seasons in Buffalo. He also played for Baltimore before being released in 2011.
Police said an employee of Fort Wayne's water filtration plant discovered his body.