Missing 411 by David Paulides


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Cold case update!
And why would a experienced hiker, backpacker go against the Odds..of success.

Links to Maps within and a Video synopsis of her movements and reasoning....🤔

28 November 2020
A British woman who has spent six years on a campervan tour of Europe has gone missing while walking in the Pyrenees.
Esther Dingley, 37, last spoke to her partner Dan Colegate via Whatsapp last Sunday, when she was atop Pic de Sauvegarde on the France Spain border.

She had been due to end her solo trek on Wednesday but has not been seen.
French authorities confirmed they were searching for Ms Dingley, and Mr Colegate said he was "broken" and "shattered" by her disappearance.

Ms Dingley had been travelling in the couple's camper van while Mr Colegate stayed at a farm in the Gascony area of France.
On the weekend she set out on the trek, the couple's story about exploits around Europe in the camper van since 2014 was published by BBC News.

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Esther had been walking in the area around Pic Sauvegarde

Mr Colegate said she had been away for a month and their last conversation had been about "how excited we were to see each other as this was her last trip before driving back".

Her last known location was on top of the mountain at about 16:00 GMT on 22 November.

Ms Dingley had started walking from Benasque in Spain on Saturday and had a plan to spend Sunday night at Refuge Venasque in France, Mr Colegate said.

He said searches had yielded "no sign at all" and temperatures were dropping with light snow fall in the area.

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Experienced walker Esther has completed solo treks before

She has previously completed solo treks, and Mr Colegate said: "She always tried to keep in touch but sometimes on her hikes was out of contact for a couple of days.

"This is not looking good."

The couple had lived in Durham before deciding to pack up their lives and go travelling after Mr Colegate nearly died from an infection.
In a post on Facebook, the Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne, said it was "actively looking" for Ms Dingley.

Mr Colegate, who has gone to the Luchon area to help look for his partner of 18 years, said helicopters and dogs have been involved in the search but have so far found "no trace".


'DRAGGED OUT SKULL' Missing British hiker Esther Dingley’s remains may have been ‘moved by animals’, says police
23:36, 26 Jul 2021Updated: 23:36, 26 Jul 2021
The skull with long hair was discovered on a path regularly used by walkers in the Pyrenees.

It was found near Port de la Gléré, a mountain pass on France’s border with Spain near where Esther, 37, was last seen hiking in November.

Commander Jean-Marc Bordinaro said: "This is indeed the area that Esther Dingley was supposed to be in when she disappeared, but we need to be cautious while the identification process is underway.

“Everything suggests that these bones were recently moved by animals.

"They would not have been there a few days earlier.”

Brown bears and wolves roam free in the Pyrenees and vultures are a common sight.

Forensics experts are investigating whether DNA from the remains matches a sample provided by Oxford University graduate Esther’s mum, Ria Bryant, 74.

An investigating French source on Saturday said there was no ‘immediate proof as to the identity of the remains’ and that ‘a medico-legal procedure will be followed to establish the identity of Person X in the days ahead.’

Specialist forensics officers from the General Directorate of the National Gendarmerie (DGGN) will carry out the task, under the supervision of France’s Interior Ministry and an examining magistrate.

Up to 3000 unidentified bodies are found in France every year, including ones in vast rural areas such as the Pyrenees, said the source.

The Disappearance of Esther Dingley, Nov 2020


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@c.a., had finally caught what you posted from David back on the twentieth of July.

Of particular mention, was David's accounting of the missing brother, Ketil Ulvang, of the Norwegian cross country racer, Vegard Ulvang. Ketil was 31-years of age, and his loss was in the year 1993.

It points out here that in 1994 Ketil was found after he "went for a run in the mountains near his home last October. His remains were found earlier this week, in a lake about 5 miles off the path he was following when he disappeared during a sudden snowstorm."

David adds many points, and makes reference to Ketil knowing the land where he went often to train like the back of his hand, more or less. Despite the weather, which would not have seriously affected him, he could find his way around through that landscapes markers that he knew so well. David said it made no sense for him to be found 5 miles away in the lake after the ice thaw the next year.

There are no real details found that discuss aspects of Ketil's body, clothes etc. after he was found, although there may be Norwegian articles that point more at the body recovery.

Reading here, from before he was found the next year, it was interesting to read further about Ketil's and his brother, Ulvang. Here are a couple of paragraphs (not in order):

But here, the bigger story is the fate of Ulvang's older brother, his best friend, his constant partner on his expeditions around the world.
That is close.

When Ketil Ulvang disappeared, police tracked through the wilderness for four days. When they could not find him, they called off the search. Hundreds of volunteers joined Vegard Ulvang and his family for 12 more days, skiing through forests, searching for the body.

Still, they could not find Ketil.
David might have added that some of the search parties were military - this search was a really big deal in Norway.

David did not mention that the area where he was lost leans heavy to granite rock, one of David's indicators. There is also a German connection to the area (Kirkenes, Norway) that reads like this out of wiki (the copy paste map below deleted the town, which is basically the last Northern Fjord along the east boarder of Finland up against Russia:


World War II​

See also: Operation EF (1941)
During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, Kirkenes was one of the many bases for the German Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe's Jagdgeschwader 5, and apart from that, the area served as a main base for supplies to the Murmansk front (see Lapland War).

In closing, Ketil's Olympic champion brother, Vegard, is himself an interesting fellow if more is read from here.
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