The partner of Esther Dingley, the British hiker who went missing in the Pyrenees, has thanked the French and Spanish police teams involved in the search operation.
Ms Dingley, 37, went missing in November after she went walking along near the border of France and Spain.
Her body and hiking equipment were found by her partner Daniel Colegate on Monday, August 9.
The couple met at Oxford University and lived in County Durham before they decided to go travelling six years ago.
On a Facebook page shared by the couple, Mr Colegate posted a message thanking the rescue teams for their efforts to find Ms Dingley.
He said: “The purpose of this post is simply to express my, and the rest of the family’s, continued gratitude and admiration for the work done by all of the various police teams that have been involved on both sides of the border – since day one of the search – both of the search and rescue units and both of the investigative teams.
“I simply don’t have the vocabulary to fully express how challenging these past months have been, but I am certain that without the support, courage and determination of the individuals assigned to lead this case and their team members, those difficulties would have been significantly increased.
“We’ve thanked everyone in person already, but I wanted to say it publicly. Having experienced first-hand how hard it was to find answers, I honestly don’t think they could have done more. The only difference between me and them was that I only had a single task, while they continued to rescue others as well. They are heroes.”
Mr Colegate is asking those who wish to honour Ms Dingley’s memory to donate money to her favourite charity in lieu of “flowers and cards”. He has set up a fundraising page for the charity Sightsavers, which works to cure preventable blindness.
It is thought that MS Dingley fell to her death after losing her footing on a rocky ledge.