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4 held, questioned in case of missing Honduras beauty queen, sister

In this April 26, 2014 photo, Maria Jose Alvarado is crowned the new Miss Honduras in San Pedro, Sula, Honduras. Alvarado, and her sister Sofia disappeared after attending a birthday party in Western Honduras on Thursday Nov. 13, but authorities were not notified until the weekend.  The 19-year-old beauty queen was expected to attend the Miss World pageant in Britain this December. (AP Photo)

In this April 26, 2014 photo, Maria Jose Alvarado is crowned the new Miss Honduras in San Pedro, Sula, Honduras. Alvarado, and her sister Sofia disappeared after attending a birthday party in Western Honduras on Thursday Nov. 13, but authorities were not notified until the weekend. The 19-year-old beauty queen was expected to attend the Miss World pageant in Britain this December. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Honduran authorities are holding four people for questioning about the disappearance of Maria Jose Alvarado, Miss Honduras 2014, and her sister four days ago in a city near the Guatemala border.

Police spokesman Lt. Joseph Coello says one of the detained, Plutarco Ruiz, is the boyfriend of Alvarado's sister, Sofia, who is also missing.

The two women were last seen in a spa in Santa Barbara, about 240 miles (400 kilometers) west of Tegucigalpa, where they had gone to celebrate Ruiz's birthday. Coello said Monday the case is being treated as a disappearance. There has been no ransom request.

Alvarado, 19, was crowned Miss Honduras in April and is expected to compete in the Miss World Pageant in London next month. She was supposed to leave for London on Sunday.