23-year-old British backpacker from Oxford missing in Guatemala

23-year-old British backpacker from Oxford missing in Guatemala

23-year-old British backpacker from Oxford missing in Guatemala

Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, had been staying with a friend in San Pedro on Lake Atitlán, 45 miles west of the capital, Guatemala City, and was last seen on 4 March.

The charity, which provides support to families with a relative missing, murdered or in crisis overseas, said in a statement: "The Lucie Blackman Trust is saddened to announce that a body has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw".

Members of her family are travelling to San Pedro to join the search, the Lucie Blackman Trust has said.

The backpacker had been traveling since September and visited California and Mexico prior to her disappearance.

Search parties looking for a missing British woman in Guatemala say it is "unlikely" that she will be found alive.

Catherine - who was travelling with a friend - left her belongings behind.

"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".

Friend Paco Patchouli urgently appealed on his social media page, writing: 'HELP!

A fundraiser has been set up to help find Catherine, with almost $10,000 raised in three days to fund her safe return.

"So this is unusual behaviour which gives us great concern for her safety".

And her parents said in a statement: "She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities".

Family and friends searching for Shaw said she left the hotel with a puppy that was later located at the peak of Indian Nose trail, which is frequented by hikers.

Ms Shaw's mother held up a photo of her daughter as her father said she may have cut her hair shorter.

Matthew Searle, chief executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust, said the "first few days are vitally important" because those who may have seen something could still be in the area.

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

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