20 Nov 2014

Honduras beauty queen found dead

8:04 am on 20 November 2014

The bodies of Honduran beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister have been found nearly a week after the two women disappeared.

Maria Jose Alvarado

Miss Honduras World 2014 Maria Jose Alvarado was found dead. Photo: AFP

Ms Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad, 23, vanished last week after being seen leaving a party near the northern city of Santa Barbara.

They were shot and their bodies buried in a field by a river, police said.

Two men have been arrested, and one of them has reportedly confessed to killing and burying the women, the BBC reported.

Ms Alvarado had been due to compete in the Miss World contest in London.

The organisers of the contest joined in paying tribute to the dead women.

The impoverished Central American state's record of violent crime has again come under scrutiny.


Plutarco Ruiz, said to be the boyfriend of Ms Trinidad, was detained along with another man, Aris Maldonado.

Mr Ruiz confessed to shooting the two women and then burying their bodies with the help of Mr Maldonado, Honduras National Police director Gen Ramon Sabillon said.

The bodies were found in the village of Cablotales, near the River Aguagua, police announced earlier.

Plutarco Antonio Ruiz

Police agents escort Plutarco Antonio Ruiz, the boyfriend of Maria Jose Alvarado's sister Sofia Trinidad. Photo: AFP