Massive Search for California Sisters Missing in ‘Steep, Heavily Wooded Terrain’

Massive Search for California Sisters Missing in ‘Steep, Heavily Wooded Terrain’

Massive Search for California Sisters Missing in ‘Steep, Heavily Wooded Terrain’

More than 100 emergency personnel searched for Leia Carrico, 8, left, and her sister Caroline, 5, found 44 hours after they went missing from their Northern California home on Friday, March 1.

Before they disappeared, the girls had asked their mother if they could go for a walk.

A photo released by the sheriff's department showed Caroline, dressed in a pink sweater and matching rain boots, speaking with a firefighter shortly after she and her big sister were found. "She melted on the phone, we had to hang up because she couldn't talk", Fridley told reporters.

On Sunday, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office announced that the girls had been found safely after spending more than 48 hours in the woods.

Authorities were unable to find the girls during their search on Friday night and continued first thing Saturday morning.

There are now ten search teams on the hill above Benbow, a prominently rural area of Humboldt County, according to HCSO.

"We appreciate the overwhelming community support in the search for local missing girls Caroline and Leia Carrico", the HCSO said in a tweet, "however we need community members to please stay clear of the search area".


Police were called at 6pm and a massive search operation was launched after friends and family initially failed to track them down. "The initial assessment was that they were dehydrated, they were cold, but they were well".

On Saturday rescuers were hopeful after finding prints from the girls' rubber boots and wrappers from granola bars their mother had recently bought.

Fridley said that some of the girls' footprints were discovered in the woods, helping to guide the search.

"So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at". "It's kind of like a chess game". "Through the collaborated efforts of all the involved agencies, we are working to resolve this incident as quickly and safely as possible".

Authorities said they've seen no indication of foul play.

"We don't know where these girls are".

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