Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Missing Catherine Shaw: Guatemala death 'a tragic accident'

Backpacker
Catherine Shaw
23 who was
travelling with a
friend was
reported missing
in central
America
on Tuesday Parents’ fear as daughter 23 vanishes in Guatemala by Georgina Stubbs Published
Ellis Copeland | 14 March, 2019, 11:20

A BRITISH backpacker has gone missing in Guatemala leaving her family "desperately worried".

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been assisting Shaw's family, issued a statement urging people not to speculate about her death and saying it may have been a "tragic accident" not involving foul play.

Guatemalan police said search teams have located a body at San Juan La Laguna.

Ms Shaw had been travelling in the central American country for two weeks with a friend.

British backpacker Catherine Shaw was found dead in Guatemala almost one week after her disappearance.

He confirmed that all her belongings had been left behind, adding "Not knowing anything about Catherine, Elena returned to our hotel on Thursday afternoon asking after her and that was when Catherine's belongings were handed to her".

"We wish it to be known how grateful our family are for the huge response locally and across the world in our search for Catherine", they said.

Desperate’ Family’s video appeal
Desperate’ Family’s video appeal

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.

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

Her friend, Jess Elizabeth, told The Tab: "She's a beautiful soul, loves nature, outdoors, looking after the planet, interested in permaculture, yoga, travelling".

Ms Shaw set out travelling in September 2018. The search crew then employed drones to scour the area where the dog was found near a volcano called Indian Nose.

"If anyone knows of friends in the area that may be mistaken for Catherine, please let us know".

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".

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