Charity ‘aware of’ possible human remains where British hiker Esther Dingley went missing

Esther Dingley, 37, has been traveling with her partner on the continent for six years.
Esther Dingley, 37, went missing as she was walking solo in the mountains near the Spanish and French border. Credit: Family photo

The charity representing the family of a British hiker says it is “aware of the discovery” of possible human remains near where the woman went missing in the mountains.

Esther Dingley, 37, had been walking by herself in the Pyrenees mountain range near the Spanish and French border and was last seen on November 22.

In a statement posted to Facebook, charity LBT Global said said it was “aware of the discovery of what MAY be human remains close to the last known location of Esther DINGLEY”.

“We are urgently seeking clarification. The family have been informed of the discovery and we are supporting them now.”

Esther Dingley went missing in November last year in the Pyrenees Credit: LBT Global/PA

The charity said until further details are confirmed there would no statement or interviews with Ms Dingley’s family members. It added developments “may take days or even weeks”.

It comes after the Daily Mirror reported Spanish police sources had said “human bones” were found on Friday near where the Durham woman disappeared.

The paper also quoted French police chief Jean Marc Bordinaro as saying: “We cannot say anything at the moment because the discovery of the bones is too recent and they must be properly analysed”.

Credit: Handout/LBT Global of Esther Dingley

Mr Bordinaro told The Times in February “all possible investigations” in French territory have been carried out “without any result”.

But days later her partner Daniel Colegate, who had been hiking with Ms Dingley but was house-sitting at a French farmhouse on November 22, said the investigation was continuing.