Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy has been identified as the body which was pulled out the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Wednesday.
Hardy was a NFL player for two complete seasons in 2008 and 2009. An employee in Fort Wayne Filtration Plant spotted his body while he was making his fixed rounds of the area.
Once spotting the body, he immediately reported it to the police, who arrived with rescue staff to pull out the body.
“Officers observed a body floating on the north side of the dam entangled in a log jam.” a Fort Wayne Police Department press release noted on Wednesday.
Investigating Hardy’s case
Hardy’s body is now lying at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center. Investigators are still inspecting why and how he died.
“Everything is still under investigation.” Allen County Coroner’s Office investigator Rebecca Stuttle.
Although, his death remained unknown. On May 30, his family discovered he was missing and then quickly alerted the police.
Reaction to Hardy’s death
Social media was grieving over his death and reactions started to go viral on Thursday. The Bills’ along with Indiana University tweets were amongst the first reactions.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today.” the Bills stated on Thursday. “We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss.”
Growing up in the Fort Wayne area, Hardy was a unique athlete in school. He loved to play football and basketball and was special at both. He went to Indiana University where he got to play both sports.
However, he eventually became a professional in football. The Bills first noticed Hardy in his junior year in 2008 when the team enlisted him in the second round.