Two arrested over beauty queen murder

POLICE have found the bodies of beauty queen Miss Honduras and her sister after they disappeared six days ago.

Authorities were awaiting confirmation from forensic officials that the victims are Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23.

Authorities say the sister’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.


They were found near La Aguagua spa, where they had gone on Thursday to celebrate Ruiz’s birthday.

Both women, who grew up in the area, were shot and appeared to have been killed the night they disappeared.

An alleged accomplice is also being held for questioning.

There are some reports that Ruiz shot his girlfriend because she was dancing with another man.

After a fierce argument, he pulled out a pistol and fired at Sofia first, then at Maria Jose as she tried to flee.

The beauty queen was shot at least twice in the back.

Maria Jose Alvarado was crowned Miss Honduras in April and was expected to compete in the Miss World Pageant in London next month.