A reigning beauty queen has disappeared just days before she was due to compete in the Miss World pageant in Britain.

Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, was due to fly to London this week (beg17Nov14) to take part in the international competition, but she has not been seen since last Thursday (13Nov14).

She is believed to have vanished along with her sister Sofia Trinidad, and relatives fear the pair has been kidnapped. A police investigation is underway and four arrests have been made.

Alvarado, who also takes part in a modelling Tv show in the country, was crowned Miss Honduras in April (14).

The Miss World contest kicks off in the British capital on Thursday (20Nov14).