Esther Dingley detective claims missing Brit hiker & boyfriend 'were not as idyllic as social media suggested'

COPS have revealed missing Brit hiker Esther Dingley's home life was not as "idyllic" as images on social media suggest, claims a new report.

The 37 year old was due to return from a trek in the Pyrenees on November 25, but has not been heard from since sending a mountain-top selfie to her boyfriend Daniel Colegate three days earlier.

Extensive searches involving helicopters, dogs, and experts from several elite mountain rescue units failed to locate her before being called off due to bad weather.

Now the officer leading the French part of the joint Franco-Spanish investigation has claimed Esther’s personal life was not perfect.

Capitaine Bordinaro told MailOnline: "We interviewed Daniel Colegate at the farmhouse where he is living in the Gers department on Monday.

"We want to investigate all possibilities. We do not rule any line of inquiry.

"But it does not seem probable that Esther suffered an accident, and it is not credible that she was eaten by a bear or that she has fallen into a lake."

He added his officers believe adventurous Esther's disappearance is either the result of an accident or "as a result of someone else’s actions."

The top cop added his team had met with Esther's partner to go through his and Esther's social media pages.

"It appears that their lives together were not as happy as the images posted on social media suggest," he said before stressing Dan was interviewedas a witness and not as a suspect.

The Oxford graduate, 38, was also spoken to by the French Gendarmes and the Spanish Guardia Civil last week about Esther’s disappearance.

Esther, of Durham, sent a selfie at the summit toher partner- who was 100 miles away -just before she went missing

Authorities have already said they are now exploring the possibility that Dingley's disappearance was not a mountain accident.

Speaking to the Mirror, Esther's aunt, Elizabeth Wolsey Morgan, voiced similar concerns.


“She’s a strong girl and the thing is, the longer it goes on, you wonder has she been kidnapped?" she said.

“If she had an accident they would have probably found her. I feel like I’m living a nightmare. Her father Henry is broken.

"She’s his only daughter. He’s in pieces.”

Esther is thought to have last been seen by Spanish Olympic skier Marti Vigo del Arco and his girlfriend on November 22.

The couple said they were on a descent at around 3pm when they met an English woman who was still ascending.

They added that they didn't see anyone else coming up the mountain after the encounter.

Around an hour later, Dingley sent a selfie from the summit of the Pic de Sauvegarde to partner Dana.

Authorities have said the disappearance is particularly strange given that the Brit was an experience climber, was trekking in good weather, and had a clearly defined route for the final days of the trip.

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