Two California sisters vanished into the woods on Friday, prompting a massive search through rainy, cold Humboldt County woods.
It started when Leia Carrico, 8, and Caroline, 5, asked their mother if they could go into the woods. Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal told ABC News:
“The two asked to go for a walk. The mother said, ‘No.’ And then in the course of getting things ready and stuff, she noticed they were missing around 3 o’clock.”
Police said the children then started following a deer trail and got lost in the woods.
For 44 hours, the children wandered through Northern California woods battling cold temperatures and “rugged terrain.”
The girls sipped fresh water off of plants and kept warm under bushes.
***PLEASE SHARE*** Multiple agencies are searching for Caroline Carrico, age 5, and Leia Carrico, age 8, last seen yesterday, March 1, at 2:30 pm outside their home on Twin Trees Rd in Benbow. The girls are believed to have walked off into the wooded area nearby their home. pic.twitter.com/4yQ2alHZrK
— Humboldt County Sheriff (@HumCoSO) March 2, 2019
The search for Leia and Caroline included personnel from 21 police departments and military agencies, ABC News reports.
Thankfully, rescuers were successful in their efforts. The girls were found safe and sound on Sunday over a mile away from their home. It had been roughly 44 hours since they vanished.
Rescuers followed boot tracks to their location and found the girls huddled under a bush.
Honsal said at a press conference that they were dehydrated but in good health once found. He said:
“I am pleased to report that we all are witnessing a miracle today. Caroline and Leia have been found safe and sound in southern Humboldt…These girls definitely have a survival story to tell.”
#searchandrescue #update Leia and Caroline were found approximately 1.4 miles south of their residence near Richardson's Grove. Here's a first look from the scene where first responders located the girls.
Press release with more information as soon as possible today. pic.twitter.com/k2bUTQOtrt
— Humboldt County Sheriff (@HumCoSO) March 3, 2019
Honsal said the girls were able to get by with survival skills they picked up from 4-H club, according to USA Today.
The children were found shortly before a heavy rainstorm entered the area. The sheriff said:
“We could not have had a better outcome than we’ve had this morning. It’s an absolute miracle.”
Leia and Caroline were reunited with their parents on Sunday.