Former NFL Player James Hardy III Found Dead In Indiana River, Toya Wright Extends Her Condolences

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James Hardy III Found Dead



Very sad news coming out of Indiana.

After being missing for over a week, former NFL player James Hardy III was found dead in the Maumee River Wednesday in Allen County.

He was 31.

Via Indy Star:

According to the county coroner’s office, the body of the 31-year-old Fort Wayne native was found about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Hosey Dam, at in the 800 block of North Anthony Boulevard in Fort Wayne.

Officer Mike Joyner of the Fort Wayne Police Department said Hardy’s mother reported him missing May 30.

An employee with the city’s water filtration plant made the discovery as he walked along the catwalk on his regular rounds.

A water rescue team rushed to the scene, but the strong current made recovery of the body difficult. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources was called in to assist.

Hardy’s body was recovered from a logjam and pulled free around 5 p.m., officials said. It appeared that the body had been in the water for some time.

Michael Burris, chief investigator for the Allen County coroner’s office, said Hardy’s cause and manner of death remain under investigation. The Fort Wayne Police Department also is working to determine if any foul play was involved.

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