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Romina Sala, the sister of missing footballer Emiliano Sala, has posted a truly heartbreaking image on social media.
Romina shared a picture of the 28-year-old Argentine forward's dog, Nala, staring out into the distance and accompanied it with a powerful message: "Nala is waiting for you, too..."
According to the Daily Mirror, Nala was one of the reasons why the Cardiff City player had returned to France.
That's right, he was preparing arrangements to have Nala come to Wales with him.
Tragic, tragic stuff.
A recent photo posted by Emiliano #Sala's sister Romina on Facebook yesterday showing his saddened dog waiting for him to come home...Emiliano must surely have been a really good guy :pray::dog::heart: pic.twitter.com/T2IFpgDx2G
- Alessandro Schiavone (@AlessandroLdn) 4 February 2019
SPORTbible reported on Monday that the Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed that a body had been found in the wreckage of the plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.
The former Nantes star and the 59-year-old pilot were travelling on the aircraft when it went missing over the Channel Islands last month.
The AAIB said that underwater video footage found that 'one occupant [is] visible' in the wreckage.
"The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage," the AAIB said in a statement.
"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage.
"The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police."
The Piper Malibu plane that the two were aboard was found on the seabed off Guernsey.
Oceanographer and marine scientist David Mearns, who has been leading the charge in finding the missing plane, said that it took "a couple of hours" before they found the wreckage on the seabed.
"We are informing them every step of the way what's going on and they are making it clear to us what their priorities are at all times," he added (via the Daily Mail).
"There's a much greater chance they will get answers if [the plane is] recovered.
"I haven't spoken to them verbally, but they were devastated the last time we were here and frankly the news is worse today.
"Now their worst fears are confirmed, so I would imagine they would be just as devastated -- it's going to take a long time for them to come to terms with the loss."
SPORTbible would like to send out its condolences to the families and friends of Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson during this difficult time.
Featured Image Credit: Alessandro Schiavone/Romina Sala
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