Sisters, 5 and 8, Found Alive in California Wilderness After 44 Hours

Leia and Caroline were found alive after getting lost in the woods.
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

The county sheriff is calling it an "absolute miracle." Two young sisters were found in good spirits Sunday after being missing in the California wildnerness for 44 hours.

Leia and Caroline Carrico, 8 and 5, were last seen Friday afternoon by their home in the northern community of Benbow before they wandered away, The Associated Press reported. They were found by a local fire chief and firefighter about a mile and a half away in a wooded area.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said the girls were trained in outdoor survival techniques by their 4-H club. Along with their granola bars and rain boots, they were able to survive getting lost.

The girls' disappearance launched a massive search, and rescuers were able to follow their boot prints and granola wrappers. Leia and Caroline were found cold and dehydrated but in good spirits.

“This is an absolute miracle,” he said. “This is rugged territory, this is an extreme environment. How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty amazing.”

Lt. Mike Fridley was the one who gave the girls' mom the good news.

“She melted on the phone,” he said.

Survival expert Shane Hobel said every child should be taught the basics of what to do if they get lost in the woods.

"One of the best ways to navigate brier and bramble and any of these thorns is when in doubt, you can step on the plant and it just mashes it down. Don’t forget there are game paths and trails out there," he told Inside Edition. 

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