Friday 13 December 2019

Miss Honduras found dead after disappearing days before Miss World contest

Jenn Selby

A beauty queen has been found dead along with her sister, six days after they disappeared following a birthday party.

María José Alvarado, 19, an IT graduate, and her 23-year-old sister Sofia Trinidad, a primary school teacher, were last seen in Hondura on November 13.

The hunt for the pair has dominated the news in Honduras, as María José was due to travel to London today to represent her country at the Miss World contest.

The siblings disappeared last Thursday after they were seen leaving a local party in Santa Barbarand getting into a vehicle without a license plate.

National Police agents escort Plutarco Antonio Ruiz, the boyfriend of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's sister in Santa Barbara
National Police agents escort Plutarco Antonio Ruiz, the boyfriend of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's sister in Santa Barbara

Four people, including Sofia Trinidad’s boyfriend Plutarco Antonio Ruiz and Aris Maldonado, have been arrested and questioned by police under suspicion of kidnapping.

A police spokesperson, Jose Coello, told the Guardian that they believed Ruiz and Maldonado were the last people to see the women before they went missing.

Mr Osorio added that a they had detained the suspected "author" of the crime and a witness.

They have also found the murder weapon, and the vehicle which took the bodies to be buried, Mr Osorio said.

The mother of the Alvarado sisters, Teresa de Jesús Muñoz Torres, had been pleading for their safe return.

"I'm asking the authorities to do all they can to rescue them alive," she 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 María José 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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