Esther Dingley Wiki – Esther Dingley Biography
Esther Dingley from Durham was due to return from a trek in the Pyrenees on November 25 but has not been heard from since sending a mountain-top selfie to her partner three days earlier.
The family of missing British hiker Esther Dingley has expressed fears she may have been kidnapped.
She is 37 years old.
Esther Dingley Missing
Dingley is thought to have last been seen by Spanish Olympic skier Marti Vigo del Arco and his girlfriend on November 22.
The couple said they were on a descent at around 3 pm when they met an English woman who was still ascending.
They added that they didn’t see anyone else coming up the mountain after the encounter.
Around an hour later, Dingley sent a selfie from the summit of the Pic de Sauvegarde to partner Dan Colegate.
Authorities have said the disappearance is particularly strange given that Dingley was an experienced climber, was trekking in good weather, and had a clearly defined route for the final days of the trip.
Writing in a Facebook update, Colegate said he had been told the “prevailing opinion in the search teams” was that Dingley wasn’t in the mountains.
“That if she had fallen from one of the paths, they really would have expected to find her given the intensity, the closeness of the search, and the fact most of the trails are really quite straightforward across open ground,” he said.
“As things stand tonight, Esther is now listed as a national missing person case in Spain and the case has been passed to a specialized judicial unit in France.”
“This means they will be looking at other options beyond a mountain accident.”
Captain Jean-Marc Bordinaro, the French investigator leading the search for Dingley, has dismissed the idea she could have been abducted.
“It’s impossible to be kidnapped on the mountain,” he said.
Speaking to the Mirror, Dingley’s aunt, Elizabeth Wolsey Morgan, voiced similar concerns.
“She’s a strong girl and the thing is, the longer it goes on, you wonder has she been kidnapped?” she said.
“If she had an accident they would have probably found her. I feel like I’m living a nightmare. Her father Henry is broken.
“She’s his only daughter. He’s in pieces.”
Police have said they are looking to speak with a mystery fellow hiker that Dingley blogged about getting a lift with on November 19.
There are now fears heavy snow will mean it could be months before the search for Dingley can be resumed.