By Gerard Couzens for MailOnline. The naked body of missing British backpacker Catherine Shaw was found on the side of a mountain yesterday, one week after she vanished in Guatemala. The year-old disappeared in the early hours of last Tuesday, carrying a stray grey and white puppy. It is believed she hiked up a peak overlooking Lake Atitlan to see the sunrise. Her body was spotted near a perilous rocky path which leads to the top.
Backpacker who got naked to watch sunrise accidentally fell from hiking trail
Death Of Backpacker In South America Ruled Accidental
She was alone, and she was to view the sunrise near this viewpoint, and had decided to climb a section of this mountain," he added. There were "no suspicious circumstances or third party involvement", and it was likely that Ms Shaw had been dead for "four to six days" before her body was discovered, he said. Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Mr Salter offered his condolences to Ms Shaw's family, saying: "She was someone who led a very full and active life. At the time of her death Ms Shaw had been travelling for several months, passing through Mexico and California with plans to head on to Colombia. She had been backpacking with friends in Guatemala for two weeks at the time she disappeared from Eco Hotel Mayachik in the area of Lake Atitlan.
Brit backpacker Catherine Shaw possibly murdered after naked body found in Guatemala
The death of a British backpacker whose naked body was found on a mountainside in Guatemala is being investigated as a possible murder. Catherine Shaw's body was discovered on Monday, a week after she was last seen leaving a hostel carrying a stray puppy. After the search came to a tragic end, a preliminary police report claimed the Brit was found naked and had "visible blows to her body and lacerations on her left leg". However a new statement from the Lucie Blackman Trust, which is supporting the family, said it believed foul play was "probably not involved" and the death was a "tragic accident". Miss Shaw's jacket and trousers were found on the mountain shortly before her body was discovered near the village of San Juan La Laguna.
Please refresh the page and retry. A backpacker fell to her death while walking naked along a Guatemalan mountain trail to watch the sunrise, an inquest heard. Local police initially suspected foul play because her clothes had been removed and her head and legs had been injured.