Former Carolina Panthers star Greg Hardy is off the hook in his domestic violence case ... after prosecutors say the accuser could not be located to testify against him.
The 26-year-old was arrested in North Carolina back in May after his GF told cops he beat the living crap out of her and threatened to kill her during a jealous late night rage.
Hardy was convicted -- but he appealed the case ... and a hearing was supposed to begin Monday.
But prosecutors told the judge Hardy's ex went off the grid -- and with no accuser, there's essentially no case ... and the charges against Hardy were dismissed.
Hardy was tight-lipped on his way out of the courthouse -- but he's got to be thrilled ... because with the conviction erased, there's a likely chance the former Pro Bowler will end up on an NFL squad next season.