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Miss Honduras and sister found dead on river bank only days before Miss World pageant
Teresa Munoz cries over the coffin of her daughter, former Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, on November 20, 2014 in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa. 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, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Keyling Enamorado, a friend of slain beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, cries on Maria's coffin in Santa Barbara, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister, Sofia, after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
(FILES): This recent undated file photo shows Maria Jose Alvarado, Miss Honduras World 2014, , who police in Tegucigalpa have confirmed is missing November 16, 2014. Maria Jose and one of her sisters identified as Sofia Trinidad Alvarado have not been seen since November 13th after attending a birthday party celebrated in the department of Santa Barbara in northern Honduras. Once a model in a local television show, Maria Jose was chosen Miss Honduras World 2014 in April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A young man takes a snapshot with his cellphone of the picture on coffin of former Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, during her wake on November 20, 2014 in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa. 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, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sotero Munoz (C), grandmother of former Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad, cries during their wake in front of their home on November 20, 2014 in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa. 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, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives and friends embrace during the wake for slain beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia in Santa Barbara, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister, after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Relatives and friends carry the coffin of the Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, during her burial in Santa Barbara, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister, after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Relatives light candles on the coffins of slain sisters Maria Jose Alvarado and Sofia Alvarado during their wake outside the family home in Santa Barbara, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by Sofia's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Teresa de Jesus Munoz, mother of slain beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, grieves over Maria Jose's coffin during a wake for her two daughters outside the family's home in Santa Barbara, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister Sofia, after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage the sister's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Military police stand guard during the burial of the beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23, in Santa Barbara, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Grieving family members laid to rest the Honduran beauty queen and her sister, after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by Sofia's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
People demand the freeing of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado on November 18, 2014 in Santa Barbara, 200 kms north of Tegucigalpa. Officials arrested a suspect in the disappearance of the reigning Miss Honduras, whose sister's boyfriend is now also being held as a central figure in the kidnapping. Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad disappeared on November 13th outside of Santa Barbara after a birthday party at a local resort, only days before she was to compete in the Miss World contest. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduran soldiers and policemen stand in the site where the bodies of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad were found, in the banks of the Aguagua river in the La Arada-Caulotales road in the Santa Barbara department, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa. The two women were missing since last November 13 after attending a birthday party at Aguagua thermal resort. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduran soldiers and policemen patrol the site where the bodies of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad were found, in the banks of the Aguagua river in the La Arada-Caulotales road in the Santa Barbara department, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa. The two women were missing since last November 13 after attending a birthday party at Aguagua thermal resort. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduran policemen comfort Kory Alvarado (C), after she identified the bodies of her sisters former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad, in the banks of the Aguagua river in the La Arada-Caulotales road in the Santa Barbara department, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa. The two women were missing since last November 13 after attending a birthday party at Aguagua thermal resort. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduran soldiers and policemen stand in the site where the bodies of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad were found, in the banks of the Aguagua river in the La Arada-Caulotales road in the Santa Barbara department, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa. The two women were missing since last November 13 after attending a birthday party at Aguagua thermal resort. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic experts and soldiers work where the bodies of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad were found, near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa, Honduras on November 19, 2014. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic experts carry the body Sofia Trinidad, sister of Miss Hoduras Maria Jose Alvarado, on November 19, 2014 near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduras' Army soldiers carry the body of Miss Hoduras Maria Jose Alvarado on November 19, 2014 near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduras' Army soldiers carry the body of Miss Hoduras Maria Jose Alvarado on November 19, 2014 near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic experts carry the body Sofia Trinidad, sister of Miss Hoduras Maria Jose Alvarado, on November 19, 2014 near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduras' Army soldiers carry the body of Miss Hoduras Maria Jose Alvarado on November 19, 2014 near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Honduras' Army soldiers carry the body of Miss Hoduras Maria Jose Alvarado on November 19, 2014 near Aguagua river in Santa Barbara, 200 km northeast Tegucigalpa. Police found the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras and her sister dumped beside a river Wednesday, and said they are holding the sister's boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who had planned to fly to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World contest, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad in northwestern Honduras last Thursday after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) Undated picture taken in San Pedro Sula of Maria Jose Alvarado (R), Miss Honduras World, whose body and her sister's were found on November 19, 2014 one week after both siblings had been abducted. The bodies of Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad Hernandez were found on the banks of a river in the west of Honduras on November 19, 2014 and their presumed killer was arrested, police reported AFP PHOTO/STR MAXIMUM QUALITY AVAILABLE (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 11: Miss Honduras Monica Brocato competes during The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014 at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for ICA)
(FILES): This recent undated file photo shows Maria Jose Alvarado, Miss Honduras World 2014, , who police in Tegucigalpa have confirmed is missing November 16, 2014. Maria Jose and one of her sisters identified as Sofia Trinidad Alvarado have not been seen since November 13th after attending a birthday party celebrated in the department of Santa Barbara in northern Honduras. Once a model in a local television show, Maria Jose was chosen Miss Honduras World 2014 in April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Police and forensic workers inspect the site where two bodies were found in the village of Cablotales, near Santa Barbara, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The bodies, believed to belong to Miss Honduras 2014 and her sister, were found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, according to the Honduras National Police Director Gen. Ramon Sabillon. Authorities were awaiting confirmation from forensic officials that the victims are Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister, Sofia, 23. (AP Photo)
(FILES) Undated picture taken in San Pedro Sula of Maria Jose Alvarado (front), Miss Honduras World, whose body and her sister's were found on November 19, 2014 one week after both siblings had been abducted. The bodies of Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad Hernandez were found on the banks of a river in the west of Honduras on November 19, 2014 and their presumed killer was arrested, police reported AFP PHOTO/STR MAXIMUM QUALITY AVAILABLE (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives and friends mourn around the coffins of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, 23, during their wake in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa, on November 20, 2014. A shaken Honduras held a funeral for its Miss World contestant and her sister Thursday after the sister's boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports. Under a white tent set up in the street in front of the family's house in the northwestern town of Santa Barbara, mourners held a dawn vigil for Miss Honduras and her sister. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture of former Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, lies over her coffin on November 20, 2014 in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa. 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, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture of the coffins of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad, taken during their funeral in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa, on November 20, 2014. A shaken Honduras held a funeral for its Miss World contestant and her sister Thursday after the sister's boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports. Under a white tent set up in the street in front of the family's house in the northwestern town of Santa Barbara, mourners held a dawn vigil for Miss Honduras and her sister. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman cries next to the coffin of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, as she and her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, 23, are buried in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa, on November 20, 2014. A shaken Honduras held a funeral for its Miss World contestant and her sister Thursday after the sister's boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports. Under a white tent set up in the street in front of the family's house in the northwestern town of Santa Barbara, mourners held a dawn vigil for Miss Honduras and her sister. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives and friends carry the coffins of former Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, 23, during their funeral in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa, on November 20, 2014. A shaken Honduras held a funeral for its Miss World contestant and her sister Thursday after the sister's boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports. Under a white tent set up in the street in front of the family's house in the northwestern town of Santa Barbara, mourners held a dawn vigil for Miss Honduras and her sister. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Teresa Munoz cries over the coffin of her daughter, former Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, on November 20, 2014 in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa. 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, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Miss Honduras and her adult sister were found dead Wednesday morning by a river bank.

Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and sister Sofia Trinidad, 23, went missing Thursday after leaving a party, according to reports. Police have now found their bodies.

Four people -- including Trinidad's boyfriend, Plutarco Antonio Ruiz -- are being questioned in their deaths, sources told the BBC. Another suspect has been named as Aris Maldonado.

"Both are being questioned as part of the investigation into the disappearance of [María José Alvarado] and her sister," a police official told the Independent. "We hope to establish what role they may have played."

There is also a "protected witness," according to the BBC.

Both men were the last to see the women before they went missing, according to the Independent.

Also seized from the suspects were a vehicle and weapons, the BBC is reporting.

The bodies were found near the River Aguagua, an official told the BBC, adding: "We are 100% sure that it's them."

Alvarado was due to fly Wednesday to London for the Miss World beauty pageant.

Honduras is statistically the most dangerous country in the world.

About 90 out of every 100,000 people are murdered in the Central American nation, according to the United Nations.

Chicago residents, long considered to be living in America's most dangerous city, are murdered at a rate of seven out of every 100,000, according to the FBI.
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