Search and Rescue Team's Came From Far and wide

Saul Bowman
March 6, 2019

Authorities found two young California sisters unharmed Sunday morning nearly 48 hours after they wandered away from their rural Humboldt County home, triggering a massive search that included helicopters, tracking dogs and help from law enforcement agencies across the region.

They were cold and dehydrated, but were receiving the appropriate medical attention, he said.

"The information we gathered is that they were trained, through 4-H, for outdoor survival and we believe that that did play a part, but we're only speculating right now".

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said they were notified of their disappearance around 6pm after the mother and neighbors tried to search for the girls themselves.

Caroline Carrico, 5, and Leia Carrico, 8, were last seen around 2:30 p.m. on Friday outside of their home on the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road in Benbow.

Honsal said uncoordinated, individual search efforts might hinder rescue efforts by interfering with tracks or throwing off the scent for search dogs.

"This is an absolute miracle", Honsal said.


Two young Northern California girls missing two nights in the woods were found Sunday morning, ABC News reported.

44 hours is pretty fantastic but it shows the resilience of people that actually grew up in this community.

"We could not have had a better outcome", he said.

Leia Carrico and her younger sibling Caroline left home on Friday afternoon - despite being told by their mother that they were not allowed to go for a walk. "Every county has a search and rescue team" needing more volunteers, he added.

"Their residence, which is where they were last seen - as a straight line of sight, they traveled 1.4 miles". "We found some granola bar wrappers, and we confirmed with the mum" that they were wrappers of granola bars she purchased", Fridley said.

One of the first clues came when sheriff's personnel spotted signs of the girls' path: prints of their rubber boots and discarded granola bar wrappers that the children's mother recognized, according to Sheriff's Lt. Mike Findley.

"She melted on the phone", he said.

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