The Allen County, Indiana Coroner’s Office has identified a body found in a river Wednesday as former Bills wide receiver James Hardy III, according to multiple reports.
Hardy was 31.
Police told Fort Wayne’s NBC affiliate that a worker smelled something putrid coming from the Maumee River and later found it was a body lodged in a log jam. Emergency personnel responded at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the body was identified as Hardy on Thursday.
In May 2014, Hardy was arrested after attacking police officers who had responded to a disturbing the peace call at his home in Los Angeles. Authorities charged Hardy with felony resisting arrest. Six months later, he was admitted to a mental institution after a judge ruled he was not mentally competent to stand trial, according to TMZ.
Ex-Bills receiver James Hardy III found dead in Indiana river
Previously, Hardy was a standout at Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne and played college football at Indiana University, where he also spent two seasons on the basketball team. He caught 79 passes for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior before declaring the NFL draft. The Bills selected Hardy in the second round.
Hardy played 16 games over two seasons for the Bills in 2008 and 2009 before being released in September 2010. He signed briefly with the Ravens in 2011 but was ultimately cut because of hamstring issues.
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