Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Catherine Shaw: Body found in search for backpacker

Catherine Shaw: Body found in search for backpacker

Fears were growing last night for a young British woman who has been missing for almost a week in Guatemala.

The body of a 23-year-old British backpacker who vanished in Guatemala recently has been found, according to a missing persons charity.

Catherine Shaw, 23, from Witney, Oxfordshire, was reported missing after she left Hotel Mayachik near Lake Atitlan on 5 March.

The pink and brown woven coat was found on Monday and pictured in undergrowth.

In a statement released through the Lucie Blackman Trust - which supports British nationals in crisis overseas - her parents have expressed their fears for Catherine's wellbeing.

A hand drum, known as a hang, previously reported to be in Ms Shaw's possession, was left behind and has been located, and she did not have a guitar with her when she left, the trust added. "Please come home, sweetheart".

"She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities". It's very sad what's happened but we're hopeful Catherine can be found'.

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Shaw was spotted on surveillance video leaving Hotel Mayachik with a musical instrument at 1:37 a.m. on March 5 and returned almost four hours later before walking out again toward Lake Atitlan, the BBC reported.

Ms Shaw has been travelling since September and has been to Mexico and California.

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She had been staying in the Lake Atitlan area of the central American country and was last seen by a friend the previous night.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity supporting the famiy, also confirmed the news - saying they "believe" the body is Catherine.

"She has no belongings with her, passport, money or mobile phone". We would ask anyone who thinks they may have seen her to contact us'.

The puppy she had been carrying was found "shivering and crying" on a nearby hiking trail on Friday, March 8.

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