Parents of British tourist missing in Guatemala make emotional plea

Parents of British tourist missing in Guatemala make emotional plea

Catherine Shaw, from Witney, was reported missing after she left Hotel Mayachik near Lake Atitlan on 5 March.

The 23-year-old had been staying in the Lake Atitlan area of the central American country and was last seen by a friend the previous night.

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.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been helping Ms Shaw's family, said "foul play was probably not involved".

An English tourist has been found dead almost a week after she went missing near a Guatemala highland lake popular with travelers, authorities in the Central American nation said Monday.

Three search teams have been active around the location but nothing has been found. "Please respect their privacy at this hard time".

According to The Telegraph, she was last seen leaving the Eco Hotel in Mayachik, shortly before 5.30am on Tuesday, carrying a stray puppy.

Meanwhile one of Catherine's friends, Paco Patchouli, has taken to Facebook in a bid to help find his friend: "HELP!"

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

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity supporting the famiy, also confirmed the news - saying they "believe" the body is Catherine.

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

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.

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

He said Ms Shaw had been fasting and she may have passed out or fallen "due to her lack of intake of food and fluid".

Her father, who has travelled to Guatemala to join the search, also issued a heartbreaking statement, saying: "Your friends, your family are all really anxious about you".

Her father added: 'Please come home, sweetheart'.

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