Esther Dingley, 37, disappeared in the Pyrenees last November (PA/Reuters)
A missing British hiker’s dental records have been requested following the discovery of possible human remains near her last known location in the Pyrenees.
Police searching for Esther Dingley, 37, have asked for her records, her mother Ria Bryant, 74, said.
She disappeared while walking solo in the mountains near the Spanish and French border on November 22.
A mountain runner stumbled upon the suspected remains at around 2pm on Friday.
Spanish police went to the spot and then told their French counterparts as it was on their side of the border.
One Spanish source said they were ‘90% certain’ that they were human remains.
Ms Bryant, who moved to the Pyrenees in June to help search for her daughter, told the Sunday Times: ‘The dentist is sending a scan of Esther’s teeth. We have to send it to the consulate in Bordeaux.’
She had been due to return to the UK prior to the discovery but added: ‘I’m now going to stay.’
Police searching for Esther Dingley have asked for her dental records (PA)
French police chief Jean Marc Bordinaro said: ‘We cannot say anything at the moment because the discovery of the bones is too recent and they must be properly analysed.’
He told The Times in February that ‘all possible investigations’ in French territory ‘have been carried out ‘without any result’.
But days later Ms Dingley’s partner Daniel Colegate, who had been hiking with her but was house-sitting at a French farmhouse on November 22, said the investigation was continuing.
In a statement on Facebook, LBT Global, the charity representing the family, said it was ‘aware of the discovery of what may be human remains close to the last known location of Esther Dingley’.
It added: ‘We are urgently seeking clarification. The family have been informed of the discovery and we are supporting them now.’
Additional reporting by Natalia Penza.
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