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Miss Honduras 2014 and Sister Murdered

Wednesday November 19, 2014    11:44 AM

Two bodies believed to belong to Miss Honduras 2014 and her sister have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, the Honduras National Police director said Wednesday.

Sabillon said Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, confessed to killing the sisters and led authorities to the bodies buried in a river bank in a mountainous area of Santa Barbara, about 240 miles (400 kilometers) west of Tegucigalpa.

According to Police Director Ramon Sabillion, a heated argument occurred on November 13 between Ruiz and Trinidad. Police say that Ruiz pulled out a gun, firing first at his girlfriend and then at Alvarado as she ran away, hitting her twice in the back.

Their bodies were found on Wednesday morning when Ruiz led investigators to the remote gravesite. Police suspect that Ruiz had an accomplice in the burial of their bodies.

Both women, who grew up in the area, were shot to death and appeared to have been killed the night they disappeared, Sabillon said.

"They were not very astute about assessing the people around them. They were just friendly," the sisters' mother, Teresa Munoz, told Televicentro. "They were taken out by people they hadn't known very long."

An alleged accomplice, Aris Maldonado, was also being held. Sabillon said the two men buried the bodies near the river in hopes that they would decompose quickly.

He said Ruiz apparently shot his girlfriend, Sofia, because she was dancing with another man. After a fierce argument, he pulled out a pistol and fired at Sofia first, then at Maria Jose as she tried to flee. The beauty queen was shot at least twice in the back, Sabillon said.

Munoz said Ruiz called her the following morning, acting nervous and claiming the young women had left the party in a car with some other people.

Maria Jose Alvarado was crowned Miss Honduras in April and was expected to compete in the Miss World Pageant in London next month.

Friends and family members are mourning the two women. "My daughters were trusting and naive," their mother, Teresa Munoz, told Honduran TV Network Televicentro. "They were not astute about assessing the people around them. They were just friendly. They were going out with people they hadn't known very long."

Miss Honduras pageant organizers say that the country will not send a delegate to the Miss World pageant this year.


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