French police investigating the death of British hiker Esther Dingley have admitted publicly that she may have been murdered.
The French prosecutor, Christophe Amunzateguy, said that investigators are not ruling out that Dingley may have been murdered.
“The goal is to come up with a scenario to explain Esther Dingley’s disappearance,” he told The Sun.
“To find out what could have happened, whether it was an accidental thesis or a criminal thesis because we do not close the door to any hypothesis.”
Esther Dingley went missing on November 22 whilst hiking in the Pyrenees, her skull was found on a mountain trail between France and Spain last month. Extensive investigations have not revealed any further remains or any of her brightly coloured hiking kit, according to fr24news.com.
Her boyfriend, Dan Colegate, said “the route would have been well within Esther’s abilities for a day hike, besides the fact that she had a tent, camping gear, and significant experience in using it.
“The distance was 16 km with 1100 meters of vertical drop, five to seven hours of walking. The weather remained excellent on Monday. The route is very obvious on the ground and also from the ground at the start of the Refuge de Venasque.
“It’s practically impossible to get lost in good visibility here. The whole route is well-marked and easy to follow. Although Esther believed and warned the family that there was a bad signal in the area, in fact, the signal is very good on the French side.
“Half an hour after leaving the shelter, Esther should have been able to use her phone for most of the rest of the day. ”
The investigation continues.
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