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Miss Honduras Maria Alvarado found dead with sister, officials say

A beauty queen and her sister who went missing last week have been found dead, according to officials.

Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado (19) and her sister Sofia Trinidad (23) disappeared after they were spotted leaving a party in the Santa Barbara region and getting into a vehicle without a license plate on November 13.

The beauty queen had been due to compete in the up-coming Miss World contest in London.

Ms Alvarado's boyfriend was among four people questioned on suspicion of kidnapping.

Patrols were set up along the border of Honduras and Guatemala.

Honduras, in South America, statistically has the worst murder rate in the world and crimes such as kidnapping are common.

In 2013, the Violence Observatory set the murder rate in Santa Barbara at 83 per 10,000 inhabitants – a stark figure compared to that of New York City, with four murders to every 10,000, and London, with less than one to every 10,000.

María José Alvarado beat 18 fellow contestants to be awarded the title of Miss Honduras in April.

Miss World is set to start at the ExCel London on November 20. The Grande Finale will take place on 14 December.

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