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Police: Hardy may have wanted to harm himself

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A former NFL player whose body was found in the Maumee River last week was acting erratically before he disappeared late last month.

That’s according to Fort Wayne detective Stacey Jenkins, who tells our Partners in News at ABC 21 he was assigned James Hardy’s missing persons case on May 30th.

“He needed help. He suffered from mental health issues,” Jenkins says.

Police aren’t yet ruling out foul play, but do say previous incidents involving Hardy lead them to think he might have wanted to harm himself.

“Based on previous incidents and comments he made to his mother, we tend to think that he wanted to harm himself,” Jenkins says. “But it’s an ongoing investigation.”

Hardy’s body was discovered by a city utilities worker in a logjam at the Hosey Dam. He had last been seen alive on May 26th.

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