Brit who ditched UK to travel round Europe goes missing after hike in mountains

A British woman who has spent six years travelling around Europe in a camper van has gone missing while walking in the Pyrenees.

Esther Dingley has not been heard from since she sent a picture to her partner Dan Colegate last Sunday, November 22, Chronicle Live reports.

The 37-year-old, originally from Durham, had been due to return from her solo trek on Wednesday, November 25, but has not been seen.

French authorities are searching for Esther and her partner says he is "broken" and "shattered".

He wrote on social media: "I'm broken. Shattered to report that my beloved Esther, the person who taught me how to feel, is missing.

"She was last seen six days ago when she sent me this photo.

"Search and rescue teams have so far found no trace of her.

"The only purpose of this post is to ask for prayers, thoughts, candles and whatever you have.

"I've not been saying anything, but this wonderful person believes in the power of positive thought and right now I'll take anything if it means that she can be found.

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"I need her back. I can't face the alternative.

"I'm heading back up searching now so I can't reply to comments or messages. Sorry for the haste and inadequacy of these words."

Esther had been travelling in the couple's camper van while Dan stayed at a farm in the Gascony area of France.

The couple had previously lived in Durham before packing up their lives to go travelling after Dan nearly died from an infection.

Search and rescue team PGHM Luchon said: "We are actively looking for Esther Maria D, 37 years old, English nationality.

"This hiker went to the mountains in Luchonnais Sunday, November 22, planned to return Wednesday, November 25."

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