Body found in hunt for missing backpacker Catherine Shaw in Guatemala

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Body found in hunt for missing backpacker Catherine Shaw in Guatemala

A body has been found in the search for missing backpacker Catherine Shaw in Guatemala.

The 23-year-old from from Witney, Oxfordshire, went missing from a hotel in the early hours of March 5.

The discovery was reportedly made near a rocky path which leads to the top of the mountain.

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A body has been found in the hunt for missing backpacker Catherine Shaw, 23 (Picture: PA)

EXC PRINT BEFORE WEB / Neatly folded sweater of Catherine Shaw who is missing Guatemala

A distinctive jacket which belonged to Miss Shaw was found last night (Picture: Lucie Blackman Trust)

She had been  on a solo trip around the world since September and had previously travelled to Mexico and California as part of the trip.

Her father Tarquin is due to be landing in the central American country later this evening.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which is supporting Miss Shaw’s family, said on Monday evening that a body had been found which is believed to be Miss Shaw’s.

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.

‘Formal identification has not taken place but the body is believed to be Catherine. Catherine’s family have been informed. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.’

The charity said Miss Shaw had left the Eco Hotel in Mayachik, near San Pedro and San Juan, on March 5 at 1.37am, but then returned at 3.19am.

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She had been travelling the world since September

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The search encountered many challenges including communication issues due to lack of power in the area.

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

According to the Daily Mail, Miss Shaw had been fasting and stopped washing in the days before her disappearance.

The trust said that at this point she had a small puppy with her but no other possessions.

The puppy was later found alone and 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.

A hand drum, known as a hang, previously reported to be in Miss Shaw’s possession, was left behind and has been located, and she did not have a guitar with her when she left, the trust added.

The search encountered many challenges including communication issues due to lack of power in the area.

This is a breaking story, we will bring you more as we have it.

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