Date
19 September 2017
Plutarco Ruiz (inset), the boyfriend of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's sister, has confessed to killing the two women. Photos: AFP, BBC
Plutarco Ruiz (inset), the boyfriend of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's sister, has confessed to killing the two women. Photos: AFP, BBC

Miss Honduras and sister found murdered

Honduran police have arrested two men in the killing of beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, BBC News reported Thursday.

The bodies of Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad, 23, were found buried beside a river near the city of Santa Barbara.

Plutarco Ruiz, Trinidad’s boyfriend, confessed to shooting and burying them, police said.

Alvarado, who was crowned Miss Honduras in April, was preparing to leave for London for the Miss World contest next month when the two women vanished after a birthday party on Thursday last week.

Ruiz confessed to shooting the two women and then burying their bodies with the help of Aris Maldonado, who was also arrested.

Chief detective Leandro Osorio said Ruiz had shot and killed the elder sister in a fit of jealousy after seeing her dancing with “another person or something similar”, then shot Alvarado and buried the bodies.

The murder weapon and vehicle used to take the bodies to where they were buried have been found, Osorio said. Police said Ruiz led them to the burial spot.

The sisters’ mother, Teresa Munoz, said: “They were not very astute about assessing the people around them.

“They were just friendly. They were taken out by people they hadn’t known very long.”

Honduras has the world’s highest homicide rate, with 90.4 people murdered per 100,000 of the population, United Nations figures show.

Alvarado had worked as a model on a game show hosted by former presidential candidate Salvador Nasrallah, BBC News said.

“A lot of girls die this way, but because they’re not famous, it doesn’t get the attention and the crimes go unpunished,” Nasrallah said.

“She was a girl of good principles who fell into a trap, a game with guns, and ended up a victim of a violent system.”

La Prensa newspaper said that, as a sign of respect, Honduras has decided not to send another contestant to the pageant in Alvarado’s place.

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