The body of missing backpacker in Guatemala has been found

Blanche Robertson
March 14, 2019

Her parents, Ann and Tarquin, issued an appeal for information through the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports families with a loved one missing, murdered or in crisis overseas.

A body has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw, 23, the British backpacker who went missing in Guatemala last week, the Lucie Blackman Trust has announced.

The trust said that at this point she had a puppy with her but no other possessions.

The dead body of a 23-year British backpacker was found on a Guatemalan mountainside on Monday, almost one week after her she left her hostel in the early morning with a stray puppy.

In a statement released through the trust, Ms Shaw's parents said: 'She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities.

"Catherine left the hotel on Tuesday March 5 in the early hours of the morning, at 1.37am to be exact, taking with her a musical instrument".

It also said Guatemalan tourists found the puppy that Shaw had taken with her alive on Friday.

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Ms Shaw, from Witney, near Oxford, had been staying near Lake Atitlan, in the remote Sierra Madre, with a friend. It was thought she was going to watch the sunrise.

Facebook posts analysing photographs of poor Catherine's body are totally unacceptable.

"Hello Catherine, we've been out of touch for five days and we, your family, your friends, we really need to know you're happy and that you're well".

In a statement, her parents Ann and Tarquin thanked those who helped find her or sent messages of support. "She died doing what she loved".

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

A hand drum, known as a hang, previously reported to be in Catherine's possession, was left behind and has been located.

Drones were also used to search the wooded area.

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