HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to Ausra Plungiene, a woman from Prestatyn, North Wales, who was found dead after disappearing while walking her dog.
Ms Plungiene, 56, set out on Tuesday last week with her dog Eyora for a walk at around 10.30am but did not return home.
A massive search was launched involving multiple emergency service agencies in Snowdonia – also known in Wales as Eryri National Park – after the alarm was raised shortly before 10pm that day. Tragically, her body was found near Yr Aryg in the Carneddau mountain range on Thursday.
In a statement, Ms Plungiene’s family described the last few days as “horrific” and paid tribute to her, calling her an “angel” who “enhanced” the lives of those she touched. They expressed their gratitude for the “support, love and good wishes” they had received from people and thanked the police and all the agencies involved in the search.
“We cannot thank you all enough,” the family said. “We are sure the lives she touched while this angel was with us have been enhanced. We are proud of her and grateful to have had her as a part of our family. She was off on another adventure. Rest in peace our beloved Ausra.”
The news of Ms Plungiene’s death has shaken the community and left many people heartbroken. It serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers of exploring the beautiful but rugged landscapes of Snowdonia.