Esther Dingley Wiki – Esther Dingley Biography
Searching for the missing British hiker Esther Dingley, the French and Spanish police prepare to hold a summit to discuss the next steps to solve her mysterious disappearance.
Dingley, 37, was last seen on the way to the top of Pic de Sauveguard mountain in the Pyrenees on 22 November.
At that time, he was walking alone in the mountain ranges that connected Spain and France.
On Monday, his wife and mother made a desperate request, asking anyone who might know about his disappearance to come forward.
Dingley’s last contact was a selfie he sent from the mountain top to his wife, 19-year-old Daniel Colegate, on November 22.
Three days later he would return to his farmhouse in Gasconia in southwestern France, but he couldn’t.
The Scottish Sun told French police captain Jean Marc Bordinaro that he and his Spanish colleagues would hold a meeting in an unspecified place in Spain this week after bad weather stopped their search efforts.
Investigators are reportedly considering the possibility of the experienced hiker having an accident or falling victim to a criminal act.
Police from the Spanish Civil Guard said ‘all options are open’, but the Scottish Sun specifically reported that a mountain crash was ‘most likely’.
Colegate, 38, who is Dingley’s partner, said he found it difficult to imagine he had an accident due to the relatively short descent from the mountain and good terrain and weather.
Regarding the meeting, Bordinaro told The Sun that ‘it would be a good chance to pinpoint exactly what has been done so far and decide where to go from here’, adding that the French and Spanish officials regularly shared information.
“Due to the suspension of the mountain search, we are currently focusing on two lines of investigation, which voluntarily disappeared or someone else has been involved in the disappearance,” he said.
Colegate and Dingley’s mother, Maria ‘Ria’ Bryant, invalidated the theory that Dingley may have disappeared of her own free will.
Our last conversation was completely loving and smiling. He was very happy and excited to see each other, ” Colegate said.
Ria said that her daughter openly discussed her travel plans and decisions with her.
‘Esther is an open book. He openly shared some of the tough decisions that Dan and himself would soon face, primarily in connection with Brexit and its impact on mobile lifestyles, but that did not detract from the life they both lived. ”
Expert mountain guide Patrice Lagleize told The Sun she believes Dingley may have had an accident at the summit or possibly fell ill.
Lagleize, who has 30 years of experience in mountain rescue, said that on the day Dingley disappeared, although the weather was very hot, the mountain suddenly fell on the French side and this could easily cause problems for the hiker.
Oddly enough, although this is the most likely outcome, no traces of it have been found, but now it will take weeks before more extensive searches can be made in bad weather.
‘Unfortunately people have been lost in these mountains before and they eventually appear when their bodies are found after the snow melts, but one thing is certain is that it is unlikely to be attacked by a bear or fall into a lake.’ He told ‘The Sun.
Bordinaro said French police had no plans to question Colegate, who had previously spoken to French, Spanish and British officials.
Colegate said he was fully cooperative in all investigations, adding: “My only goal is to help them do what they need to do as quickly as possible.”
He said Dingley is an experienced hiker and ready to travel alone from Spain to France.
Esther was not on a “monthly walk” or “one month alone ride”. The trip was a temporary journey of day walks, days in a trailer and several multi-day walks. He would always let me know when he hoped he would leave and when he would return.
In this case, he spent the 20th of November in the trailer and set out on the 21st of November. On the 19th (after the previous hiking trip) the ‘mysterious man’ who took him to the trailer spoke to the police.
Esther is a very experienced hiker. The terrain on which it is located is not difficult. The weather was perfect. It doesn’t mean there was no accident; I just think it’s unlikely. It is also possible to refer to the one-day story of falling in lakes, but it’s unlikely. The paths close to the lakes are wide and easy. You don’t just fall into a lake ten meters laterally.
‘There seems to be a perception that because it’s the mountains, because it’s nearly winter and because Esther was alone, that what she was doing was reckless and ‘of course’ she has had an accident’.
‘The situation on the ground is that the conditions were perfect, Esther had all the equipment to look after herself, and from the peak we last spoke on, she could be at a road in either France or Spain within 90 minutes – 2 hours. She was not lost in the Amazon rainforest. These are trails that families walk in summer.
‘Esther specified her route from the summit we spoke on. She had two hours of daylight to reach a refuge winter room, a distance that would have taken her less than an hour. From my own visits I know she wouldn’t have had a phone signal again on Sunday afternoon/evening, but she would have had a signal very soon after setting off the next day.
‘Because Esther is so particular about sending updates to family, if Esther did have an accident it must have been in that very small area, an area that was pored over daily until the heavy snow arrived.’
Dingley’s family are being assisted by missing persons charity LBT Global, formerly known as the Lucie Blackman Trust.
LBT Chief Executive Matthew Searle MBE urged anyone with any information about Dingley’s disappearance to come forward, even if they have broken Covid restrictions.
He said: ‘If you have information please do pass it to us, anonymously if you wish, and it will be passed to investigators.
‘We are not interested in any rule breaking.
‘Whether somebody has stepped over a border or not is immaterial, what matters is that every bit of information that could bring Esther home is provided.
‘There is a huge amount of interest in this case and we have had hundreds of enquiries.’
Anyone with information that could help find missing hiker Esther Dingley is urged to contact LBT Global through the following ways.
LBT Global Hotline: +44 (0) 800 098 8485
WhatsApp: +44 (0) 7545 826 497