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Former Bills WR James Hardy found dead in Indiana

The body of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy was found in an Indiana river.

According to police in Fort Wayne, Ind., officers responded to Hosey Dam upon a report of a body observed in the Maumee River. "Once on scene officers observed a body floating on the north side of the dam entangled in a log jam," according to a death investigation released Wednesday by the Fort Wayne PD. "The Fort Wayne Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team was summoned to the scene and with their resources the body was removed from the river and then taken to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center where an autopsy will be performed to determine an identification, cause and manner of death."

Fort Wayne Public Information Officer Michael Joyner confirmed to The Buffalo News on Thursday that the body was that of Hardy, 31. According to police, an employee with the City’s water Filtration Plant conducting his regular rounds made the discovery as he walked along the catwalk of the Hosey Dam.

Hardy was a second-round draft pick of the Bills in 2008 out of Indiana University. He played just two seasons for the Bills, appearing in 16 games and making 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills released the following statement: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today. We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss."

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