Missing Brit hiker Esther Dingley shared snap of ‘bear prints’ before vanishing

A missing British hiker shared a Facebook post of what appeared to be large bear prints before vanishing, according to reports.

Authorities are exploring all possibilities as to the whereabouts of Esther Dingley, 37, and the reason for her disappearing last month.

Esther's boyfriend, Dan Colegate, 38, reported her missing last Wednesday when she failed to meet him as planned following a solo hike from the Port de la Glere to the Port de Venasque on the France-Spain border in the Pyrenees.

According to The Sun, five days before she vanished Esther posted a photo on Facebook of what looked like a large paw print left behind in the snow on the mountains.

She asked: “Can anyone let me know if this might have been bear prints?”

Brown bears attacks on livestock and humans have been reported in the Pyrenees since the species was introduced in the late ’90s in an EU biodiversity plan.

But police have not said they suspect this to be the cause of her death.

Esther from Aylesbury, Bucks, left Dan from Durham, in their camper van to scale the 8,983ft Pic de Sauvegarde in November.

Another line of enquiry being followed up by police is a lift Esther took from a man three days before she was reported missing on November 25.

She is now listed as a national missing person in Spain and her case has been passed to "a specialised judicial unit in France".

In a Facebook post, Mr Colegate said the "prevailing opinion" of authorities was that she is not in the mountains following extensive searches.

He wrote: “For several days now there has been talk that perhaps Esther might not be up there and that this was the reason they couldn't find her.”

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