Maria Jose Alvarado, the 19-year-old beauty queen currently holding the title of Miss Honduras, and her sister, Sofia, have been found dead, police told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
AP reports that two bodies were found buried near a spa in Honduras and are believed to be the sisters, both of whom went missing six days ago. Plutarco Ruiz, Sofia’s boyfriend, reportedly confessed to the murder before leading authorities to the bodies. Ruiz claims he shot his girlfriend after she danced with another man, and when Maria Jose tried to flee, she was shot at least twice in the back.
Police are also holding Aris Maldonado as an alleged accomplice in the murder.
Due to the situation, Honduras has said it won’t compete in this year’s Miss World Pageant.