UPDATE: Miss Honduras and sister found dead - just before she was to fly off for Miss World contest

UPDATE: Honduras beauty queen and her sister found dead

Authorities have found the bodies of Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado, and her sister.

The siblings were kidnapped last week, days before Miss Alvarado was to fly to London to compete in the Miss World pageant.

Police found the bodies of the 19-year-old beauty queen and her sister Sofia Trinidad on a river bank after an exhaustive search.

“We are 100 per cent sure that it’s them,” police chief Leando Osorio said on Wednesday.

Where, oh where is reigning Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado?

The 19-year-old has gone missing, along with her sister Sofia Trinidad. And officials have arrested a suspect believed to be connected to the disappearance.

The plot thickens as it is her sister’s boyfriend who is now being held on suspicion of kidnapping.

Honduran security forces said they have seized a pistol and two vehicles in the search for clues.

Alvarado disappeared on Thursday outside Honduras’ northern city of Santa Barbara -  days before she was to compete in the Miss World contest.

She had attended a birthday party at a local resort earlier.

Alvarado (L) and her sister Sofia Trinidad (R) disappeared on Thursday outside Honduras’ northern city of Santa Barbara.

“We are looking for them, intensifying our operations in Santa Barbara department,” police spokesman Jose Coello told AFP.

Coello said officers were scouring river valleys and mountains near the Guatemalan border looking for any trace of the sisters.

Alvarado had been set to fly to London on Wednesday for Miss World.

The contest will be held in London on Dec 14.

Chief prosecutor Rolando Argueta said investigators were combing through the women’s cell phone communications.

Photos: YouTube, AFP

He said Sofia had arrived in a champagne-colored private car with unidentified men to pick her sister up at 6 pm.

“The more time that passes without concrete information, the more complicated the investigation becomes,” he said. - AFP

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