Missing backpacker in Guatemala found dead with severe head injuries: Report

A British woman who vanished while backpacking in Guatemala was reportedly found dead Monday on the mountainside with head injuries.

Citing the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala, the BBC reported that Catherine Shaw, 23, was found naked, face-down, and with visible injuries to her body. The institute said Shaw’s body was discovered four to six days after her death.

Shaw was reported missing on March 5. The Lucie Blackman Trust, an organization which provides aid to British nationals in crisis overseas, told the news station that it’s unlikely foul play was involved in her death.

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A post-mortem report obtained by Sky News stated that Shaw died of hemorrhaging from a traumatic brain injury. A doctor who examined the 23-year-old said her body showed signs of trauma but didn’t have any gunshot or stab wounds.

Shaw was reportedly last seen on the shores of Lake Atitlan in San Juan La Laguna, having taken a puppy out for a walk. The puppy was found alive Friday at the summit of Indian Nose, a volcano facing the lake, according to Sky News.

Shaw’s body was reportedly discovered on El Naudiz in San Juan La Laguna, approximately two miles from where she was last seen. The Mirror reported that Shaw’s jacket was found shortly before her body was located.

The BBC reported that additional tests are being conducted to uncover additional details surrounding Shaw’s death.

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[Featured Image: Catherine Shaw/Facebook]