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Police searching for missing Brit hiker considering ‘other options’

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Authorities searching for a British woman who went missing while hiking are looking at "other options beyond a mountain accident”, her partner said.

Esther Dingley, 37, and Dan Colegate, of Durham, have been travelling through Europe since 2014.

She was expected to return from a solo trek in the Pyrenees last Wednesday, but has not been seen.

Police said she set out to hike from the Port de la Glere to the Port de Venasque, a trek which follows the border between France and Spain.

In a Facebook post, Mr Colegate said the "prevailing opinion" of authorities was she is not in the mountains following extensive searches.

She is now listed as a national missing person in Spain and her case has been passed to "a specialised judicial unit in France".

He wrote: “For several days now there has been talk that perhaps Esther might not be up there and that this was the reason they couldn't find her.”

But with “no result day after day” and taking into account a number of factors, the “prevailing opinion in the search teams is that she isn't there”, he said.

Factors included her “high level of experience, the nature of the terrain, the good weather” and the fact she had a “clearly defined route”, along with other reasons.

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He went on: “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.

"As things stand tonight, Esther is now listed as a national missing persons case in Spain and the case has been passed to a specialised judicial unit in France."

He added: "This means they will be looking at other options beyond a mountain accident."

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He said he was "very grateful" for the extensive efforts of rescue teams in both Spain and France, which had used helicopters, dogs and a drone.

Mr Colegate added: “While this is a terrifying development in many ways, I'm trying to focus on the fact that it leaves the door open that Esther might still come home.

"She was so utterly happy and joyful when we last spoke, I'd do anything to see her face and hold her right now."

The couple started to travel after Mr Colegate had a serious health scare and had been documenting their campervan adventures online.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said: "Our staff are supporting the family of a British woman reported missing in the Pyrenees and are in contact with the French and Spanish authorities."

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