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#498054 - 11/17/14 12:21 PM Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado goes missing
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Police hunting for missing Miss World contestant who has vanished days before she was due to fly to London for this year’s competition

Police are hunting for a missing beauty queen due to fly to London later this week for Miss World 2014.

Reigning Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, vanished with her sister Sofia after a friend's birthday party in their home town of Santa Barbara, last Thursday.

Police have said the girls' disappearance is not being treated as a crime, but today it emerged four people, including her sister's boyfriend have been arrested.

Alvarado is no stranger to the island, as she represented her country in this year’s Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant held pm Ambergris Caye.

Miss Alvarado and her sister Sofia (pictured left), including Sofia's boyfriend

The missing women were last seen getting into a vehicle as they left the party. Police chief Jose Coello originally said they were not treating the pair's disappearance as a crime, but confirmed the four arrests.

'Four people are under arrest. They include the owner of the party venue and Sofia Trinidad's boyfriend. They are being investigated,' Mr Coello said.

The case has caused consternation in the notoriously violent central American country, home to the most dangerous city on the planet.

The Daily Mail

Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado goes missing
Miss Honduras World (Costa Maya) Reported Missing

#498125 - 11/19/14 08:46 AM Re: Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado goes missing [Re: Marty]
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Miss Honduras, Sister Found Shot to Death Near Honduran Spa

Honduran police reportedly found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister on Wednesday, six days after the two women disappeared from a spa in Santa Barbara. Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23, were both shot to death.

The Associated Press reports that women's bodies were discovered buried in a river near the spa, where they had been celebrating the birthday of Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz. Ruiz and his friend, Aris Maldonado, were arrested after allegedly leading police to the bodies.

"I can confirm that the Alvarado sisters were found," Leandro Osorio, the head of the criminal investigation unit, said, according to Sky News. "We also have the murder weapon and the vehicle in which they were transported to the site where they were buried."

Maria Jose was crowned Miss Honduras in April and was scheduled to travel to London on Sunday to compete in next month's Miss World Pageant.



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