23-year-old British backpacker from Oxford missing in Guatemala

Erika Holt
March 12, 2019

Catherine Shaw, 23, was last seen on security cameras in the early hours of Tuesday at the Eco-Hotel Mayachik near Lake Atitlan in the remote Sierra Madre mountain range.

Her parents, Ann and Tarquin, issued an appeal for information through the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports families with a loved one missing, murdered or in crisis overseas.

The puppy was found shivering and alone at the highest lookout of Indian Nose, a volcano overlooking Lake Atitlan, San Pedro and San Juan between 5am and 6am on Friday morning.

A hand drum, known as a hang, previously reported to be in Ms Shaw's possession, was left behind and has been located, and she did not have a guitar with her when she left, the trust added.

The disappearance of a 23-year-old British woman in Guatemala is unusual and is causing great concern for her safety, her "desperately worried" parents have said.

Jess Elizabeth, a friend of Ms Shaw, wrote on Facebook that she had "no belongings with her, passport, money or mobile phone - they were left at the hostel".

She was reported missing the following day.

Desperate’ Family’s video appeal
Desperate’ Family’s video appeal

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

"Hello Catherine, we've been out of touch for five days and we, your family, your friends, we really need to know you're happy and that you're well". The discovery has prompted renewed searches in the area of San Juan La Laguna.

Her parents also made a video appeal, which was posted on the charity's social media page.

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.

"If anybody has any information, at all, please contact us, the Lucie Blackman Trust, or the police", added her father.

"We would like to speak to any of these travellers to both rule them out and to ask if they have seen or spoken to Catherine on their travels".

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