A BRITISH backpacker has gone missing in Guatemala leaving her family “desperately worried”.
Catherine Shaw, 23, was reported missing on Tuesday in the Central American nation.
She had been travelling since September after visiting Mexico and California, US.
But Catherine, from Witney, Oxfordshire, has lost contact.
She was last seen at an eco-hotel on Monday in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area.
Catherine – who was travelling with a friend – left her belongings behind.
“She has no belongings with her, passport money or mobile phone”
Pal Paco Patchouli, issued a desperate appeal on social media.
He wrote: “HELP! 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.”
And her parents said in a statement: “She has always been really good about keeping in touch and informing us of her whereabouts and activities.
“So this is unusual behaviour which gives us great concern for her safety. Please help us to find her.”
The Foreign Office confirmed they are in contact with authorities in the country.
She is described as of “slim build, and about 5ft 7in tall”.