Parents of young British woman (23) missing in Guatemala 'desperately worried'

Catherine Shaw had been travelling in the central American country for two weeks

Catherine Shaw had been travelling in the central American country for two weeks

The family of a British woman who disappeared in Guatemala this week have said that they are very concerned for her safety.

Catherine Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, had been travelling and was reported missing on 5 March.

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

She had been staying in a hotel, but her female room-mate woke up to find she had gone without taking her passport, belongings or money.

Video appeal from the parents of Catherine Shaw, #missing in #SanPedro #Guatemala. "Please come home, sweetheart".

Last night, Mr Shaw was flying out to help with the operation to find her. Police in San Pedro, near Lake Atitlan, a four-hour drive from the capital Guatemala City, have set up searches aided by volunteers in the area, which is a favourite with backpackers.

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

"We are extremely anxious about Catherine and we hope she is found as soon as possible".

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The area is famous for its lakes beneath towering volcanoes.

Shaw has been travelling since September last year and previously visited Mexico and California.

Pal Paco Patchouli, issued a desperate appeal on social media.

"She has no belongings with her, passport, money or mobile phone".

"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".

In a statement released through the Lucie Blackman Trust - which supports British nationals in crisis overseas - her parents have expressed their fears for Catherine's wellbeing.

He confirmed that all her belongings had been left behind, adding "Not knowing anything about Catherine, Elena returned to our hotel on Thursday afternoon asking after her and that was when Catherine's belongings were handed to her".

Shaw was described as being five feet seven inches tall (170 centimeters) and of slim build, with blonde hair, blue eyes and piercings in her nose, lip and ears.

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