British backpacker Catherine Shaw, 23, who went missing on March 5 found dead in Guatemala
Authorities in Guatemala shared that the body of the missing Brit had been discovered in a mountainous area near a viewpoint known as the 'Indian Nose' in San Juan la Laguna Solola
The body of missing British backpacker Catherine Shaw was found in Guatemala, according to the charity that is supporting her family. Shaw had been traveling since September last year and had also visited places in Mexico and California.
Catherine was last seen at an eco-hotel on March 4 where she was staying in the San Pedro Lake Atitlan area of the Central American country along with another friend. She was reported missing the next day on March 5. Her body has now been found and confirmed to be Shaw. The Lucie Blackman Trust released a statement saying, "We are saddened to announce that a body has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw."
UPDATE - CATHERINE SHAW - BODY FOUND— Lucie Blackman Trust (@MissingAbroad) March 11, 2019
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.
"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. We are now able to confirm that the body found in the search in Guatemala is that of missing Catherine Shaw. Thank you to everyone who has helped in the search. Our thoughts are with Catherine's family, who we will continue to support as they need," the statement continued.
Authorities in Guatemala shared that the body of the missing Brit had been discovered in a mountainous area near a viewpoint known as the 'Indian Nose' in San Juan la Laguna Solola. The Policia Nacional Civil launched a criminal investigation in order to try and determine what had happened.
According to a Facebook page 'Finding Catherine Shaw', "Our diligent searchers have found Catherine Shaw’s body at the top of El Naudiz in San Juan La Laguna."
"The municipality, police, rescuers, and volunteers have been searching the area since 8:30 am this morning. We appreciate everyone’s effort and help in bringing resolution to the situation. This is all the information we have at this time," the page read.
Very sad news this evening - the body of Catherine Shaw, who many of my friends knew, has been found in Guatemala. Thoughts are with all her family and friends https://t.co/C7rjLyNHk4 pic.twitter.com/mn6kPrpX0v— Alix Culbertson (@alixculbertson) March 11, 2019
The charity revealed that Catherine had left the eco-hotel in Mayachik which is located near San Pedro and San Juan on March 5 at around 1.37 am but then returned at around 3.19 am. She then left at around 5.23 am and went in the direction of the lake. Catherine's father also traveled to Guatemala to join in the search operation which included a helicopter with infra-red technology, drones, divers, as well as rescue dogs.
It emerged today that a jacket found in San Juan La Laguna was positively identified as Catherine's. "Further to earlier updates, the Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm that a jacket has been found in the search for Catherine Shaw."
"This jacket has been positively identified as belonging to Catherine. The jacket was found at San Juan La Laguna," the Lucie Blackman Trust posted.
On hearing the news of her death, many tributes started pouring in. Natalie Crawford commented saying, "Everyone in Witney is with you." Another social media user wrote, "I’m so devastated. For her friends and family, and for Guatemala. Thank you, everyone, who worked tirelessly to find her and keep everyone updated. Love and condolences to everyone involved."