Arrests made in deaths of beauty queen and her sister

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(CNN) — Two men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of a Honduran beauty queen and her sister, a police official said in comments aired by CNN affiliate Televicentro.

The bodies of María José Alvarado Muñoz and Sofia Trinidad Alvarado were found Wednesday after they went missing for several days, police told Televicentro.

Plutarco Antonio Ruiz and Aris Maldonado Mejia are now in police custody, said Deputy Police Commissioner Rolando Casco, according to Televicentro.

Police officials say Ruiz is the boyfriend of Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, according to CNN en Espanol.

Ruiz is suspected of killing the two sisters, said Leandro Osorio, chief of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Deputy Police Commissioner Rolando Casco said Ruiz “is considered the person who was most in contact” with the victims, according to Televicentro.

The 19-year-old Alvarado was the reigning Miss World Honduras. She and her sister went missing last Thursday, just days before she was to participate in the Miss World pageant, police said.

A patrolman from the Honduras National Criminal Investigations Office told CNN about the deaths.

Their family had reported the women’s disappearance on Saturday.

Eduardo Zablah, director of the pageant in Honduras, told Televicentro that Alvarado and her sister were last seen getting into a vehicle after attending a party last week.

The young woman was to be among the contestants from more than 120 countries who arrive in London this week for early rounds of the Miss World pageant. The final round is scheduled for December 14.

A student from Santa Bárbara, Honduras, Alvarado beat 18 contestants to win the Miss World Honduras crown in April.

In her profile on the pageant’s website, she described herself as “dedicated” and said she would someday like to go into government, specifically as a diplomat for her country.

She also said that she liked playing volleyball and soccer, eating Honduran food and performing the country’s traditional punta dance.

Julia Morley, the chairman of the Miss World pageant, said contestants will hold a special service Sunday to honor Alvarado and her sister and offer prayers for their families.

“We are devastated by this terrible loss of two young women, who were so full of life,” Morley said.

Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate, the United Nations reported earlier this year, with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people in 2012.

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