Remains Of Esther Dingley Identified

The human remains found in the Pyrenees earlier this month, have been identified as belonging to Esther Dingley, the British mountain hiker who went missing in November 2020.

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,”

“We have all known for many months that the chance we would get to hug our beloved Esther again, to feel her warm hand in ours, to see her beautiful smile and to watch the room light up again whenever she arrived was tiny, but with this confirmation that small hope has now faded. It is devastating beyond words.

“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.

Dingley and her partner, Daniel Colgate, had reportedly been travelling around Europe in a motorhome for six years and had driven to hike in the Pyrenees at the end of last October.

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.