Jacket belonging to missing backpacker Catherine Shaw found in Guatemala

Jacket belonging to missing backpacker Catherine Shaw found in Guatemala

Guatemalan authorities have confirmed they believe a body found is Catherine's after the news was announced by The Lucie Blackman Trust.

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

A police spokesman, Pablo Castillo, said that the body had been found in a wooded, uninhabited area.

British backpacker Catherine Shaw was found dead in Guatemala almost one week after her disappearance.

She was last seen at an eco-hotel on Monday in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area.

Shaw's friend, Jess Elizabeth, wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to finding Shaw that the backpacker had "no belongings with her, passport, money or mobile phone - they were left at the hostel".

Facebook posts analysing photographs of poor Catherine's body are totally unacceptable.

Tarquin Shaw father of late English tourist Catherine Shaw visits the hotel May Achik where his daughter stayed in San Juan La Laguna Guatemala Tuesday

Whilst of course at this stage we do not know the full facts, and can not rule anything out until we do, it is wrong to assume and of course confirm that she was raped and murdered by a mystery assailant when such facts are not evident.

It added that Shaw had been fasting for days before her disappearance and "disposing of possessions, including clothing".

Whilst we do not know the full facts yet this kind of speculation is incredibly unhelpful, distressing and unnecessary.

"We wish it to be known how grateful our family are for the huge response locally and across the world in our search for Catherine", they said. "She died doing what she loved".

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.

Family and friends searching for Shaw said she left the hotel with a puppy that was later located at the peak of Indian Nose trail, which is frequented by hikers.

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