Beauty queen's body discovered after six-day search

Beauty queen's body discovered after six-day search
Maria Jose Alvarado

Two bodies, believed to be those of Miss Honduras and her sister, have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, police have said.

Authorities are awaiting confirmation from forensic officials that the bodies are beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23, according to General Ramon Sabillon, the Honduran national police director.

Both women had been shot.

Plutarco Ruiz, the boyfriend of Sofia, and another person called Aris Maldonado have been arrested, Gen Sabillon said.

The sisters were last seen on the previous Thursday in a spa in Santa Barbara, about 240 miles west of Tegucigalpa, where they had gone to celebrate Ruiz’s birthday.

Ms Alvarado, 19, was crowned Miss Honduras in April and was expected to compete in the Miss World pageant in London next month. She was supposed to have left for London on Sunday.

Gen Sabillon said Ruiz had led authorities to the bodies.

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