Missing Catherine Shaw: Body found in Guatemala

Leroy Wright
March 13, 2019

Formal identification has not taken place but Ms Shaw's family have been informed.

"We are now able to confirm that the body found in the search in Guatemala is that of missing Catherine Shaw", the Lucie Blackman Trust tweeted on Monday.

Footage recorded on a CCTV camera from the night Catherine went missing recorded the 23-year-old leaving the Mayachik eco-hotel on March 5 while carrying a "musical instrument".

The parents of a British tourist who has been missing in Guatemala for the past five days launched an emotional appeal for her return Saturday as authorities continued their investigation.

Ms Shaw, from Witney, near Oxford, had been staying near Lake Atitlan, in the remote Sierra Madre, with a friend.

A police spokesman, Pablo Castillo, said that the body had been found in a wooded, uninhabited area. The family deserve respect and time to come to terms with their tragic loss - not to have Catherine's last hours dissected in such a graphic manner all over social media.

Calls to the family home, where Catherine's mother Anne and sister Jenny live, were referred to the Lucie Blackman Trust.

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She left again for the last time at 5.23am, heading in the direction of the lake.

In a statement, they said: "She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts".

The puppy was later found alone, shivering at the highest lookout of Indian Nose, a volcano overlooking Lake Atitlan, San Pedro and San Juan between 5am and 6am on Friday morning, the trust said.

The trust said it had received many sightings of female travellers matching Catherine's description, and it had become clear that there are at least three travellers similar to her hiking in the area.

Her body was discovered shortly after a jacket, believed to belong to Ms Shaw, was found nearby.

Her father, who has travelled to Guatemala to join the search, also issued a heartbreaking statement, saying: "Your friends, your family are all really anxious about you".

She had been with a friend in Guatemala for two weeks having previously visited Mexico and California.

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