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Former Hoosier Football Star Body Recovered From Maumee River
Updated June 9, 2017 5:44 PM
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(FORT WAYNE) - The body of a former Indiana University football star was found dead Wednesday at Hosey Dam in Fort Wayne.

According to Fort Wayne Police, the body of 31-year-old James Hardy was found by a city employee who was conducting a routine check of the facilities at the dam. While walking along the catwalk at the water filtration plant, the employee noticed a foul odor coming from the Maumee River below and saw a body in a logjam in the water.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department's Water Rescue team recovered Hardy's body.

The Department of Natural Resources says the cause and manner of death are under investigation.

Police say Hardy's family members reported him missing on May 30.

Hardy, a star at Elmhurst High School and for the Hoosiers played for IU from 2005 through 2007, running 2,740 yards, 191 receptions and made 36 touch downs.

He was also a standout basketball player for the Hoosiers, lettering during the 2004-05 season after averaging 1.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 10.7 minutes per game. He appeared in 23 games, starting three times and scoring a career-high seven points in games against Purdue and Vanderbilt.

The Buffalo Bills selected Hardy in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent just two seasons with Buffalo, making only 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns in 16 total games.

In 2014, Hardy was charged with resisting arrest and attacking three police officers in Los Angeles. A judge reportedly ruled that Hardly was not mentally competent to stand trial in the case.



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