The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had confirmed on Wednesday that an unidentified body had been passed to the Dorset Coroner , having been recovered from the stricken plane.
In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on January 21 2019.
Dorset Police revealed Thursday that Sala, 28, had been identified by HM Coroner after his body was recovered from the wreckage the previous day.
"He and David will forever remain in our thoughts", a spokesman added.
Sala, 28, had been flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales on January 21 to make his debut for the Premier League team when the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the sea.
"The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the hard decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close", the AAIB said.
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The body was spotted in the wreckage of the plane on Monday and the authorities were able to recover the body two days later, despite "challenging conditions". "There is a process for recovering the plane". "He and David will forever remain in our thoughts".
After being spotted by scouts, Sala spent three years with Bordeaux from 2012-2015, where he was loaned out to smaller French clubs three separate times, and signed for FC Nantes in July of 2015 for a fee of around $1.1 million.
"Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants", the statement continued.
"We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring".
Cardiff posted the statement on their website under a picture of the player. Cardiff are said to be "surprised" with the timing of the demand so soon after the tragedy.