The body of missing backpacker in Guatemala has been found

Backpacker disappears from hotel in the middle night

Ms Shaw, from Witney, near Oxford, had been staying near Lake Atitlan, in the remote Sierra Madre, with a friend.

Guatemalan police, local residents and British people in the country helped search for Shaw near the area where the puppy was found over the weekend.

Friends have launched a social media campaign aided by the Lucie Blackman Trust in Britain - a charity set up to help the families of Britons missing overseas.

Searchers have found the body of a 23-year-old British woman in Guatemala a week after she went missing, police in the Central American nation said on Monday.

"The case will now be handed over to the team that will carry out the criminal investigation, so as to find out what happened". The family deserve respect and time to come to terms with their tragic loss - not to have Catherine's last hours dissected in such a graphic manner all over social media.

"She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities", Shaw's parents said in a statement released by the Trust.

The hotel said Catherine had been recorded on CCTV leaving at 1.37am on Tuesday carrying a musical instrument.

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

Catherine Shaw's body was found at a mountainous lookout point near the village of San Juan La Laguna in southwestern Guatemala, they said.

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

A puppy which Ms Shaw took with her when she left the accommodation was found at the peak of the hiking trail on Friday morning.

It has also been confirmed that she did not have a tattoo on her ribs.

A hand drum, known as a hang, previously reported to be in Catherine's possession, was left behind and has been located.

Ms Shaw's mother held up a photo of her daughter as her father said she may have cut her hair shorter.

"If anyone knows of friends in the area that may be mistaken for Catherine, please let us know".

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