Hardy was a second-round pick by the Bills. Getty Images

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy III was found dead Wednesday in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Allen County coroner's office announced Thursday that a body found in the river the day before had been identified as Hardy:

Hardy was a second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, when the Bills selected him out of Indiana University. He was with the team for two seasons, catching 10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bills released a statement in the wake of his passing. 

Hardy, who was 31 years old at the time of his death, was born and grew up in Fort Wayne. As of this time, the coroner's office has not been able to determine a cause of death.