Lacking British ‘van life’ travel blogger’s boyfriend scours the Pyrenees

A missing British tourist Esther Dingley was searching for her alone in the Pyrenees last night when police again searched for her five days after she went missing.

Esther Dingley, 37, went missing on her own traveling from Porte de la Glere to Port de Venasque, on the border between France and Spain.

Although missing for five days, French and Spanish search teams made a concerted effort to locate the missing immigrant.

A missing British tourist Esther Dingley was searching for her alone in the Pyrenees last night when police again searched for her five days after she went missing. Dan Colegate and Esther Dingley are pictured above

Esther Dingley, 37, was traveling in the Pyrenees mountains on the border of France and Spain in defiance of the closure rules when she disappeared last week

Esther Dingley, 37, was traveling in the Pyrenees mountains on the border of France and Spain in defiance of the closure rules when she disappeared last week

Dan Colegate, Britain's lost traveling companion Esther Dingley, was hunting him alone in the Pyrenees last night

Dan Colegate, Britain’s lost traveling companion Esther Dingley, was hunting him alone in the Pyrenees last night

A 37-year-old girl was traveling with her partner Dan Colegate on a six-year trip to Europe but last month, she decided to climb the Pyrenees mountains alone while living in a guesthouse in Gascony in France.

The pair, from Durham, had their last conversation on WhatsApp on November 22 when Esther sent a selfie from Mount Pic de Sauvegarde at the border.

One day earlier, she posted a few photos on Instagram and wrote: ‘I’m in heaven …. The snails are coming back and they love them.’

On Saturday, Colegate said on the couple’s Facebook page: ‘I’m broken. I was heartbroken to say that my dear Esther, who had taught me how to feel, was missing. Search and rescue teams have not yet found out anything about him. ‘

Miss Dingley was traveling in Europe with her friend Dan Calegate in a car for six years, when she was left on a farm in France last month for a private tour.

Miss Dingley was traveling in Europe with her friend Dan Calegate in a car for six years, when she was left on a farm in France last month for a private tour.

The Dingley started Saturday from Benasque, Spain and want to prepare for Sunday night in Refuge Venasque, France

The Dingley started Saturday from Benasque, Spain and want to prepare for Sunday night in Refuge Venasque, France

The 37-year-old Durham girl was on a one-month trip and was due back Wednesday

The 37-year-old Durham girl was on a one-month trip and was due back Wednesday

French police sent a search team of 16 people to climb the mountain on Monday along with international police experts.

‘His friend wants him back. However, he prefers to travel alone, ‘says Pierre Gaillard of the PGMH army in Luchon.

‘It has already taken its course as it is not difficult. Now he is in another area. He’s affected, trying to understand and doesn’t want to be a valley waiting. ‘

On his Facebook page, Mr Colegate’s father, Mick, said: ‘We have talked about a boy and you know I will be the first to fly down the mountains. You don’t have to be brave with these faces alone… I love you baby. ‘

Gaillard said her husband had little hope of finding Ms. Dingley here. Ms Dingley started traveling from Benasque, Spain, on November 21. French police said all of her findings were lost around 4pm on Sunday November 22. She was unable to receive a text message afterwards.

The trails are well documented, clearly shown on a map and frequently found, French police said.

Several Witnesses saw her in Spain on Sunday and spoke to her.

There is an undisclosed location near the French border but police said there was no sign of its use.

Ms. Dingley was a yoga enthusiast who was a special teacher before giving up her career traveling around Europe

Ms. Dingley was a yoga enthusiast who was a special teacher before giving up her career traveling around Europe

Spanish authorities say he was notified on November 25 of his disappearance and notified his French counterparts the next day. He found his car parked on the Spanish border.

A spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard said: ‘We are searching for a team of mountain rescuers and helicopters. We have had experiences in the past where people have found refuge and survived things like this.

‘This is an area with a mix of forests and other hilly areas. We do not think that there is any doubt at this time. ‘

Spanish police say Ms. Dingley appears to have violated state regulations to curb Covid-19.

Spanish authorities provided information to Ms. Dingley.

José María Anton, a hotel salesman in Benasque, said: ‘All the hotels have been closed so far that the downturn has not started. I do not know where this woman may be. If they wanted to climb mountains they could be dangerous because of the snow and ice. ‘

Colegate is expected to cross the Vielha Canal to Spain on Tuesday and could join the Civil Guard in search of a new ally.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development Office said: ‘Our staff is supporting the family of a British woman who is said to be missing in the Pyrenees.’

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