Monday 17 November 2014

Miss World contestant Maria Alvarado: Four arrested after Miss Honduras vanishes days before trip to UK for competition

A Miss World contestant has disappeared days before she was due to fly to London for the 2014 competition.
Maria Jose Alvarado - recently crowned Miss Honduras - vanished along with her sister Sofia Trinidad after attending a friend's party last Thursday.
Four people, including Sofia's boyfriend, have been arrested.
Maria, 19, and her sister had been spending time with their parents in Honduras' crime-ridden city Santa Barbara before she was due to fly to the UK to represent her country.

Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sophia Alvarado Trinidad
Fears: Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sophia Alvarado Trinidad were last seen at a party before they went missing

Miss World -the world's oldest beauty pageant - returns to London this year for the first time since it was launched in 1951.
Events start on Thursday November 20 before a grand final is held on December 14 at ExCel London.
Miss Honduras was due to join 120 contestants competing for the crown.          
Police chief Jose Coello originally said they were not treating the pair’s disappearance as a crime.
But today it emerged four people including Sofia’s boyfriend had been arrested and were being questioned as the last-known people to see them alive.

GettyMiss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado
Hopes: Maria Jose Alvarado had been due to join 120 others competing in Miss World 2014 in London

Mr Coello confirmed: "Four people are under arrest. They include the owner of the party venue and Sofia Trinidad’s boyfriend. They are being investigated."
Mother of both girls Teresa de Jesus pleaded last night: "Open your hearts and understand my pain.            
"There is an all-powerful God that sees everything and I hope you set them free."
The case has sparked fury in the notoriously violent central American country, home to the most dangerous city on the planet.

San Pedro Sula, just over 30 miles from Santa Barbara, is the murder capital of the world with more than 1,200 killings a year among its nearly one million inhabitants.
A murder rate of 169 per 100,000 people far surpasses anything in north America or much larger cities like Lagos or Sao Paulo.
Maria Jose describes herself on a Miss World website profile as an aspiring diplomat who enjoys playing volleyball and football in her spare time.
She beat 18 contestants to win the Miss Honduras crown in April.

GettyCompetition: Carina Tyrrell will be representing England in the Miss World competition
Competition: Carina Tyrrell will be representing England in the Miss World competition

She missed an appointment last night to try on the dress she hopes to win Miss World with.
Swiss-born medical student Carina Tyrrell, 24, a qualified ski instructor and competition level gymnast, is representing England.
Scotland is represented by media and marketing student Ellie McKeating, 20, from Glasgow.
Ireland’s representative is business studies student Jessica Hayes, 20, from Cork.

Via - Mirror UK

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