Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister, Sofia Trinidad, were found dead yesterday after being declared missing last Thursday.
Alvarado was supposed to represent her country in the Miss World 2014 pageant in London, which commences on November 20th and ends with the grand final on December 14th.
According to Yahoo News, Miss Honduras was fatally shot as she tried to escape her sister’s jealous boyfriend, police and reports said, hours after the siblings were found dead beside a river.
Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search.
La Prensa newspaper reported that police were investigating whether Trinidad’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, shot Sofia Trinidad in the head after he became jealous when he saw her dancing with another man. He then reportedly shot her beauty-queen sister twice in the back as she tried to flee.
Chief detective Leandro Osorio said the bodies of Maria Jose and her 23-year-old sister had been found buried along the banks of the Aguagual River in the town of Arada, in violence-plagued Honduras’s northwest.
“We are 100 percent sure that it’s them,” Osorio said.
Police arrested Ruiz and his alleged accomplice on Tuesday, seizing a Colt-45 pistol and two vehicles.
Police are investigating additional suspects who they believe tried to help cover up the shooting, including by cleaning and repainting a pick-up used in the crime.
Organizers of the Miss World pageant, which begins Saturday, sent their condolences and announced a tribute this weekend in honor of the slain sisters.