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Body of former NFL player James Hardy found in Indiana river

ORCHARD PARK, NY - CIRCA 2010: In this handout photo provided by the NFL, James Hardy of the Buffalo Bills poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Authorities say former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been found dead in a river in northeast Indiana.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office says the 31-year-old’s body was identified Thursday, but that the cause and manner of death are still being investigated.

The coroner says 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 say an employee of Fort Wayne’s water filtration plant discovered his body.