Body of missing woman, 37, found by boyfriend close to where bone was found

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The body of a missing British hiker has been found by her partner close to a previous bone discovery.

Esther Dingley, 37 was trekking through the Pyrenees mountains on the French and Spanish border on November 22 when she disappeared.

Her body and equipment have finally been located together by her boyfriend Daniel Colegate, according to The LBT Global charity.

A statement added: "A team of forensic specialists along with mountain rescue personnel were dispatched to the site in order to catalogue the scene and recover Esther.

"At this stage an accident is the most likely hypothesis, given the location and other early indications. A full investigation is under way to confirm the details surrounding this tragedy.

"The family remain incredibly grateful for the efforts of the police units involved and their commitment to understanding the exact circumstances of Esther's death."

Ms Dingley, 37, had been walking solo in the mountains near the Spanish and French border and was last seen on November 22.

Esther, originally from Durham, was due to meet boyfriend Dan Colegate, 38, at a farm in Gascony, southern France, but she never showed up.

Little over two weeks ago, a mountain runner alerted the authorities to what he believed could be the remains of a body.

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Spanish police initially went to the area, but alerted their French counterparts after discovering the spot was just over the border.

Esther had quit her job to tour Europe six years ago and was on a month-long solo trek when she vanished, according to reports.

She had parked her camper van at Spanish border village Benasque.

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