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LONDON, Feb 8 ― The body of Argentina-born professional football player Emiliano Sala has been formally identified after it was brought to Portland Port yesterday, United Kingdom police said in a statement.

It said his family has been noted with this update and is provided with help from specially-trained family liaison officers.

Wreckage from the plane was located Sunday after Sala's family raised funds for a private search by American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns that was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators.

"He and David will forever remain in our thoughts", a spokesman added.

Police said investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.

Tributes and messages of condolences have kept pouring in following confirmation of the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala.

It was then stretchered into a silver van, with Dorset Police confirming it had "left the boat and left the port", before being taken to a nearby mortuary for identification and a post-mortem.

The search for the pilot named David Ibbotson continues.

The plane had been en route to Cardiff from Nantes, France when it vanished from radars near the Channel Islands.

Cardiff City have offered their "most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano". He and David will forever remain in our thoughts'.

Sala quickly became a regular starter for Nantes and he racked up 42 league goals in three and a half seasons for the club.

"On Monday 21 January 2019 a plane carrying both men was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control, north of Guernsey".

However, the AAIB said video footage captured by the ROV would provide "valuable evidence" for its safety investigation.

The academy has a partnership with Bordeaux, and Sala was one of a handful of players to have gone from there to the French side.

Cardiff had signed Sala for a club record £15 million and he was due to start training last month.

The Argentinian forward was traveling from Nantes, where the striker had been playing.