Ausra Plungiene: Family pays tribute to ‘beloved’ dog walker found dead after vanishing in Snowdonia
Ausra Plugiene, 56, went missing after setting off on a dog walk in Snowdonia - and was found dead two days later.
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The family of a woman who was found dead in Snowdonia have paid tribute to the “beloved” dog walker - and thanked those who helped search for her. Ausra Plungiene, from Prestatyn in Denbighshire, went missing while walking her Swedish lapphund Eyora in the mountain range last week above the Conwy Valley.
The 56-year-old’s disappearance prompted a large-scale search across Eryri featuring more than 60 rescue team volunteers. Sadly, Ms Plungiene’s body was found near Yr Aryg two days later.
North Wales Police said Ms Plungiene was an experienced mountain walker who was well equipped for the conditions. In a tribute, her family said she was now "off on another adventure".
In a statement, they added: "All of our family would like to thank everyone for their support, love and good wishes that they have given us over the last few horrific days. Friends, family, work colleagues and complete strangers, all have supported us.
"We can say no more than thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We cannot express enough thanks to so many people that gave up their time to search for our beloved Ausra."
The statement added: "The mountain rescue service, RAF, support helicopters, army and every single individual that we cannot name tried their hardest to find her, through at times very difficult conditions. We cannot thank you all enough."