Alvarado is crowned Miss Honduras in San Pedro, Sula, Honduras. Alvarado is to represent Honduras at the Miss World pageant in London on December 14.
Miss Honduras, Alvarado, and her sister, Sofia Trinidad, are reported missing by family members. Alvarado and Trinidad are last seen getting into a vehicle following a friend’s party on November 13 in Santa Barbara, Honduras. Police detain four people for questioning. Police:
Initially we detained 10 [people]. But six have been released.
Alvarado and her sister, Sofia Trinidad, are found dead in Cablotales village, near the River Aguagua. Two men, including Trinidad’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, are detained for questioning. Police spokesman Jose Coello:
Both are being questioned as part of the investigation into the disappearance of [Ms Alvarado] and her sister. We hope to establish what role they may have played.
Plutarco Ruiz confesses to the murder of Alvarado and her sister, Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, Ruiz’s girlfriend, according to police. Ruiz says he shot Sofia following a heated argument, then shot Maria twice in the back as she was trying to escape. Maria and Sofia’s mother, Teresa Munoz:
They were not very astute about assessing the people around them. They were just friendly. They were going out with people they hadn’t known very long.