Body found in Guatemala during search for missing Brit Catherine Shaw

Body found in Guatemala during search for missing Brit Catherine Shaw

Mrs Shaw said: 'Hello, Catherine, you've been out of touch for five days now and we, your friends and family, really need to know that you're happy and that you're well, so please get in touch'.

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.

Catherine Shaw, from Witney, was reported missing after she left Hotel Mayachik near Lake Atitlan on 5 March.

The parents of a British backpacker missing in Guatemala said they are greatly concerned for her safety and have appealed for help finding her.

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

The discovery has prompted renewed searches in the area of San Juan La Laguna.

In a statement it added: "The Lucie Blackman Trust is saddened to announce that a body has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw".

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

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

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.

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".

The trust has received many sightings of female travellers matching Ms Shaw's description, and it has become clear that there are at least three travellers similar to her hiking in the area. "Please come home, sweetheart".

The UK Foreign Office said: "We are supporting the family of a British woman reported missing in Guatemala and are in contact with the local authorities".

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