Man admits killing beauty queen ‘in jealous rage’

Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado. Picture: AP

The gunman who killed Miss Honduras has told police he murdered the beauty queen and her sister in a jealous rage because his girlfriend danced with another man.

The bodies of Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia, 23, were discovered buried near a spa in Santa Barbara where they disappeared a week earlier while celebrating Sofia’s boyfriend’s birthday.

Miss Alvarado was to have flown to London this week to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras.

Police said her sister’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, confessed to the killing and led investigators to the remote grave site where he and an accomplice buried them in a mountainous area of Santa Barbara, about 380km west of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

At some point during the night of November 13, a heated argument broke out and Ruiz pulled a gun, firing first at his girlfriend and then at Miss Alvarado as she tried to flee, said national police director General Ramon Sabillon. Miss Alvarado was shot twice in the back.

The alleged accomplice, Aris Maldonado, is in custody and authorities are searching for other suspects.


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