A FAMILY has paid tribute after the tragic discovery of backpacker Catherine Shaw who was found dead in Guatemala.

The 23-year-old, from Witney, had been travelling since September last year, before being reported missing on March 5.

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The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been supporting the search, yesterday confirmed the backpacker's body had been found close to a popular look-out point Indian's Nose, near Lake Atitlan.

An investigation has since been launched and officers are yet to rule out 'foul play'. Although the charity has said it does not believe 'foul play' was involved and it was most likely a 'tragic accident'.

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Parents Ann and Tarquin Shaw said: "Catherine just loved mountains and sunrises. She died doing what she loved."

The pair also thanked the 'international effort' in tracing Ms Shaw and everyone who had helped with the search since she first went missing a week ago.

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The statement added: "We wish it to be known how grateful our family are for the huge response locally and across the world in our search for Catherine and for the vast amount of messages of support.

"Thank you seems insufficient but it is very heartfelt, so thank you."

It added: "We want to also say how hugely indebted we are to The Lucie Blackman Trust, who have done everything possible. Their support has been fantastic throughout this tragic episode since the very first phone call."