Human remains found in the search for a missing British hiker have been confirmed as being hers, a charity says.
Esther Dingley, 37, was last seen walking alone in the Pyrenees mountains near the French-Spanish border on 22 November last year.
A bone found in the mountain range last week was DNA tested and confirmed as being Ms Dingley’s, said the overseas crisis support charity LBT Global (formerly the Lucie Blackman Trust).
In a statement, her partner Daniel Colegate and mother Ria Bryant said: “We have all known for many months that the chance we would get to hug our beloved Esther again, to feel her warm hand in ours, to see her beautiful smile and to watch the room light up again whenever she arrived was tiny, but with this confirmation that small hope has now faded. It is devastating beyond words.
“At this stage, with just a single bone found and no sign of equipment or clothing in the immediate area (which has been closely searched again over several days), the details of what happened and where still remain unknown.
“The search and rescue teams intend to continue their search on foot and with drones, particularly trying to find some sign of Esther’s equipment to understand how this tragedy occurred.”