Body of English woman found dead in Guatemala shows signs of trauma
A doctor said a post-mortem showed signs of ‘blows to the body’.
The body of a British tourist found dead near a Guatemala lake popular with travellers shows signs of trauma but no apparent gunshot or stab wounds, a doctor performing a post-mortem examination has said.
“In the preliminary findings, there are no wounds from bullets or sharp weapons,” Miguel Angel Samayoa told the Associated Press, adding that he expected to conclude the examination of Catherine Shaw’s body later in the day. “There are blows to the body.”
Dr Samayoa did not speculate as to what may have caused the trauma.
Ms Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, was last seen before dawn on Thursday in the town of San Juan La Laguna, on the shores of Lake Atitlan.
Police announced on Monday that her body had been found unclothed and in a state of decomposition in undergrowth near a mountain overlook.
We are now able to confirm that the body found in the search in Guatemala is that of missing Catherine Shaw. Thank you to everyone who has helped in the search. Our thoughts are with Catherine@s family, who we will continue to support as they need.— Lucie Blackman Trust (@MissingAbroad) March 11, 2019
The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been assisting Ms Shaw’s family, issued a statement urging people not to speculate about her death and saying it may have been a “tragic accident” not involving foul play.
It added that Ms Shaw had been fasting for days before her disappearance and “disposing of possessions, including clothing”.
“She was very much a nature lover and adored sun rises, 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,” the statement added, cautioning that not all the facts are known and nothing can be ruled out.
“Catherine just loved mountains and sun rises,” the family was quoted as saying. “She died doing what she loved.”