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Human remains found in Pyrenees confirmed as those of missing hiker Esther Dingley

The human remains found last Friday in the Pyrenees have been confirmed as those of missing hiker Esther Dingley. 

Her mother Ria Dingley and boyfriend Dan Colegate announced the news in a statement through support group LBT Global.

They 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 just a single bone found and no sign of equipment or clothing in the immediate area (which has been closely searched again over several days), the details of what happened and where still remain unknown.

“The search and rescue teams intend to continue their search on foot and with drones, particularly trying to find some sign of Esther’s equipment to understand how this tragedy occurred.

“The family would like to express their gratitude to the officers in charge of the various police units in France and Spain, the British consulates in Bordeaux and Barcelona, and LBT Global, all of whom have remained in close contact with us for months now.

“Their continued support and their determination to find answers is welcome.”

LBT Global Chief Executive Matthew Searle MBE said: “This is the tragic end we have all feared. This is devastating news for Esther’s loved ones – never before have I seen such incredible determination as that showed by Daniel in his relentless physical search of the mountains.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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