After a DNA test, Dingley’s family confirmed that the remains belonged to her.
The disovery was reported to the Spanish authorities but the remains were on the French side of the border, who took charge of the forensic investigation.
A family statement released by the missing persons charity, LBT Global, said: ” We are distraught to report that we have received DNA confirmation that one of the bones found last week belongs to Esther,”
“At this stage, with only one bone found and no sign of equipment or clothing in the immediate area, the details of what happened, and where it happened, remain unknown.
Her partner, sounded the alarm when Dingley had not returned after three days.
The French authorities confirmed in addition to human remains they also discovered bones “of animal origin.”
The investigation continues.