Hunt for missing Brit backpacker who vanished during trek in Pyrenees mountains

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A British traveller on a solo trekking expedition has gone missing in the Pyrenees mountains.

Esther Dingley, from Durham City, was last heard from when she sent a photograph to her partner Dan Colegate six days ago.

The 37-year-old was due to return from a solo trek in the Pyrenees on Wednesday but has not been seen, according to reports from Chronicle Live.

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

Writing a heartbreaking post on social media, Dan said: “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.

“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.”

The couple had previously lived in Durham city 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 Ester Maria D., 37 years old, English nationality.

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

“The area envisaged for its hike extends from the port of La Gl èrere to the port of Venasque (French and Spanish slopes).”