The parents of a missing 23-year-old British backpacker, last seen at an ‘eco hotel’ in Guatemala, have recorded a heartfelt message asking for help in finding her.
Catherine Shaw was last seen on Monday 4 March in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area.
Her friends and family have appealed for information for the missing woman who is said to have no passport or money with her.
The 23-year-old is from Witney, Oxfordshire and her parents are ‘desperately worried’ with members of her family set to fly out and join the search for her over the weekend.
In the emotional appeal, her father said: ‘Please come home sweetheart. Your friends and your family, we need you.’
Catherine Shaw (left and right) is thought to have no money with her and also does not have her passport
British backpacker Catherine Shaw (left and right) left England in 2018 and has since travelled to Mexico and California
The map above details the area where Catherine was last seen and shows the surrounding towns
She is described as being of a slim build and is around 5ft 7ins with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes.
She also has piercings in her nose, lips and ears.
Her family said in a statement: ‘She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities,’ they added.
‘So this is unusual behaviour which gives us great concern for her safety. Please help us to find her.’
Close friend Paco Patchouli, who is believed to be travelling with Catherine, posted an appeal to his social media page.
He said: ‘H E L P! Friends in GUATEMALA. My friend has been missing since last Monday in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. She has no belongings with her, passport money or mobile phone.
Fears are growing for Catherine Shaw (pictured above) who was last seen on Monday
Catherine Shaw (pictured above) was last seen in San Juan at the Eco Hotel Mayachik
The 23-year-old is also said to have piercings in her ears, her nose and her lips
‘Please if you know anyone who is at the moment in Guatemala, please share this photo. Please contact me ASAP’.
‘INFO: She was the last seen in San Juan l laguna in eco hotel mayachik. Cat is 1.7m tall, skinny, blue eyes, hair as int he photos, nose ring and a piercing inside the upper lip. A Double XX Scar on the back of her Neck.’
The Public Ministry in Guatemala also posted an appeal on its social media accounts.
In a statement to the MailOnline the Foreign Office said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British woman reported missing in Guatemala and are in contact with the local authorities as they search for her.’
The Lucie Blackman Trust chief executive Matthew Searle stressed how the ‘first few days are vitally important’ because those who may have seen something could still be in the area.
‘We urge anyone who may have any information, no matter how small, to get in touch as soon as they can. They could hold the key to bringing Catherine home,’ he added.
If you have any information you can contact the Lucie Blackman Trust, from overseas you can call +44800 098 8485 and from the UK you can call 0800 098 8485.
Catherine’s friend Paco posted an appeal on Facebook detailing where she was last seen