Body of missing British woman found in Guatemala

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2019

Her parents put up a video appeal on the Twitter account of the Lucie Blackman Trust, a British charity that provides support to the families who have relatives missing, murdered or in a crisis overseas.

A body has been found in the hunt for a 23-year-old British woman who went missing in Guatemala.

Trust chief executive Matthew Searle said speculation that she was raped and murdered was "incredibly unhelpful, distressing and unnecessary".

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.

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

She was last seen at an eco-hotel on Monday in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area.

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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.

It also said Guatemalan tourists found the puppy that Shaw had taken with her alive on Friday. It was thought she was going to watch the sunrise.

She had been travelling since September after visiting Mexico and California, US. "Our thoughts are with Catherine@s family, who we will continue to support as they need". "She died doing what she loved".

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

The trust had received many sightings of female travellers matching Ms Shaw's description and had to work through several leads. Two drones were launched to search nearby wooded areas, according to the news outlet.

Meanwhile one of Catherine's friends, Paco Patchouli, has taken to Facebook in a bid to help find his friend: "HELP!"

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