A BRITISH backpacker found dead in Guatemala may have been murdered, police said as they launched an investigation.
Catherine Shaw was found naked, face down, with ‘visible blows to her body and lacerations on her left leg’, says a leaked preliminary report.
The 23-year-old, from Witney in Oxfordshire, left an eco-hotel carrying a stray puppy that was later found alive on the peak.
She hiked for two hours to watch the sun rise behind Lake Atitlan and her body was discovered on the Indian Nose peak that overlooks the water.
The Lucie Blackman Trust issued a statement on behalf of her family. It read: ‘We know that Catherine had been fasting.
‘She was very much a nature lover and adored sunrises, so it seems quite conceivable that she went up the mountain to greet the sunrise, shedding clothing as she went, and due to her lack of intake of food and fluid may have passed out or fallen, causing the wounds to her body.’