By Oisin Sweeney • 05 December 2020 • 21:35
Human remains found could be British hiker who went missing in Pyrenees. Image Source: Twitter
THE HUNT for missing Brit hiker Esther Dingley has been forced to halt due to extreme weather conditions in the Pyrenees Mountain range between France and Spain.
The 37-year-old has been missing since she failed to return from a solo hiking trip in the Pyraneean mountains on the 25th of November. Dingley’s case took a darker turn in recent days when her partner Dan Colegate confirmed that police were exploring theories of her disappearance ‘beyond an accident’. Investigators are currently trying to track down a mystery man who gave the Durham-native a lift in his car before she vanished.
With the Benasque area’s temperatures below freezing even during the day and heavy snowfall setting in, rescue teams have been forced to halt their searches. No trace of Dingley has been found yet despite French and Spanish authorities using drones, helicopters, and mountain rescue dogs. A local Civil Guard official said that ‘the chances of finding Esther alive are minimal and it leaves us with a very bitter taste in our mouths’.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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