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Body of former NFL player James Hardy found in Indiana river

The body found in an Indiana river earlier this week was identified on Thursday as that of former NFL player James Hardy III. He was 31-years-old.

Police in Fort Wayne, Indiana, were called to the scene on the Maumee River after a water plant worker found Hardy's body while investigating a foul odor coming from a log jam, according to a local NBC News station.

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - 2008: James Hardy of the Buffalo Bills poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Getty Images)
MARINA DEL REY, CA - MAY 17: Washington Redskins wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, NFL hall of famer Deacon Jones and Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy at the 2008 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere Reception held at Glow on May 17, 2008 in Marina Del Rey, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NFL PLAYERS)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Wide receiver James Hardy #81 of the Buffalo Bills reaches up to make a tochdown catch late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bills defeated the Jaguars 20-16. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Wide receiver Josh Reed #82 and lineman Kirk Chambers #73 of the Buffalo Bills run to celebrate with and James Hardy #81 after a tochdown catch by Hardy late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bills defeated the Jaguars 20-16. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 19: James Hardy #81 of the Buffalo Bills looks on against the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Chargers 23-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 2: James Hardy #81 of the Buffalo Bills runs downfield during the game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 2, 2008 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets defeated the Blls 26-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - 2009: James Hardy of the Buffalo Bills poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by NFL Photos)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - JULY 29: Wide receiver James Hardy #13 of the Baltimore Ravens works out during training camp on July 29, 2011 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Hardy's family reported him missing on May 30.

The wide receiver had a stand-out career at Indiana University -- where he also play basketball for two years. Hardy was then drafted in the 2nd-round in 2008 by the Buffalo Bills.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today," the Bills said in a statement on Thursday. "We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss."

Hardy played four seasons in the NFL.

In 2014, Hardy was committed to a mental facility after attacking multiple police officers.

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