Catherine Shaw: British backpacker found dead in Guatemala

The 23-year-old from Oxfordshire was reported missing on March 5 and had been travelling since September last year

A body has been found in the search for missing British backpacker Catherine Shaw, who disappeared in Guatemala.

Catherine Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, had been travelling since September last year and had previously visited Mexico and California in the US.


She was last seen on March 4 in an eco-hotel and had been staying in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area of the central American country with a friend.

Catherine, 23, was reported missing the following day, on March 5.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, the charity that has been supporting her family, said in a statement: “We are saddened to announce that a body has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw.

“Formal ID has not taken place but it is believed to be Catherine.

“Catherine’s family have been informed. Please respect their privacy at this time.”

Catherine’s father travelled to Guatemala to join the search operation, which used a helicopter with infra-red technology, drones, divers and rescue dogs.

Earlier today it was confirmed a jacket found at San Juan La Laguna had been positively identified as Catherine’s.

It also emerged that when Catherine left the eco hotel she had a puppy with her but no other possessions.

The puppy was recovered alone, “shivering at the highest lookout of Indian Nose, a volcano overlooking Lake Atitlan, San Pedro and San Juan” early on Friday morning, the Trust said