SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AFP) – Miss Honduras was fatally shot as she tried to escape her sister’s jealous boyfriend, police and reports said Wednesday, 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 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 Trinidad in the head after he became jealous when he saw her dancing with another man. He then reportedly shot Alvarado twice in the back as she tried to flee.
Chief detective Leandro Osorio said the bodies of the beauty queen 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 per cent sure that it’s them,” Osorio said.