Former NFL player James W. Hardy was found dead Wednesday in an Indiana river, according to the News-Sentinel.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office investigator Rebecca Stuttle hasn’t determined the athlete’s cause of death yet. “Everything is still under investigation,” Stuttle told USA Today.
According to TMZ, Hardy’s family reported him missing on May 30th.
The 31-year-old Fort Wayne, Indiana native played for the Buffalo Bills for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Bills organization sent condolences to the Hardy family on Twitter:
Before joining the Bills, Hardy was a standout receiver at the University of Indiana and played a pivotal role in the 2007 Insight Bowl, recording 191 receptions and 36 touchdowns. He’d later go on to be selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2008 draft as the 41st overall pick.
His stint in the NFL was short, as he appeared in 16 games with two touchdowns, but his career as a Indiana Hoosier more than cemented his legacy.