Parents of British tourist missing in Guatemala make emotional plea

Parents of British tourist missing in Guatemala make emotional plea

Catherine Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, who has been travelling since September previous year and has previously visited Mexico and California in the U.S., was reported missing on March 5.

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". She'd been travelling with a friend in the popular tourist area of Lake Atitlan.

She had been traveling in Guatemala for two weeks having previously been in Mexico and California, leaving home in England in September 2018, according to the charity.

A body has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw, 23, the British backpacker who went missing in Guatemala last week, the Lucie Blackman Trust has announced.

Her belongings were left behind, the Lucie Blackman Trust said.

In a statement, they said: "She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts".

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

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

He added: "Your friends, your family are all really anxious about you, please come home sweetheart". Lake Atitlan is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, but San Pedro itself is packed with a strip of lively bars known as the "Gringo Trail". But six days in this climate without water, it's unlikely that we're going to find her alive.

A spokesperson for the hotel has confirmed her belongings has been left behind.

In a video released by the trust, Catherine's parents have urged her daughter to get in contact with the family as they need to know she is happy and well.

Shaw was described as being five feet seven inches tall (170 centimeters) and of slim build, with blonde hair, blue eyes and piercings in her nose, lip and ears.

Calls to the family home, where Catherine's mother Anne and sister Jenny live, were referred to the Lucie Blackman Trust.

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