A Honduran beauty queen has been found dead along with her sister, following their disappearance after a birthday party.
Maria Jose Alvarado (19), an IT graduate, and her 23-year-old sister Sofia Trinidad, a primary school teacher, were last seen on November 13.
Police said Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, confessed to killing the sisters and led authorities to the bodies buried in a river bank in a mountainous area of Santa Barbara, about 240 miles west of Tegucigalpa.
They were found near La Aguagua spa, where they had gone to celebrate Ruiz's birthday.
Both women, who grew up in the area, were shot dead and appeared to have been killed the night they disappeared, detectives said.
"They were not very astute about assessing the people around them.
They were just friendly," the sisters' mother, Teresa Munoz, told Televicentro.
"They were taken out by people they hadn't known very long."
The hunt for the pair has dominated the news in Honduras, as Maria Jose was due to travel to London yesterday to represent her country at the Miss World contest.
"We can confirm that the bodies found were the two young sisters, who have been buried in the Cablotales area of Santa Barbara," said Leandro Osorio, head of the National Directorate of Criminal Investigation.
He added that the bodies had been located at the mouth of a river in the La Arada area, near Santa Barbara - a town in the centre of the country.
Their mother had been pleading for their safe return.
"I'm asking the authorities to do all they can to rescue them alive," she had told Honduran newspaper 'El Tiempo'.
"I have faith in the Lord that he will bring them home to me, safe and sound. They always went out to parties and came home again."
She said that ever since Maria Jose was a little girl she had wanted to take part in beauty contests - a big part of Central American culture.
"Ever since she was little she loved watching the beauty parades, and I always sat down with my three daughters to watch the competitions on television."She told me: 'One day, I will be Miss Honduras.'"
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