Missing girls found safe in US woodland


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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

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The sheriff said Leia and Caroline Carrico were in good spirits when they were found

Two sisters who wandered away from home and got lost in woodland for two days have been found safe and well.

Leia Carrico, eight, and Caroline, five, from North California, spent 44 hours in a cold and rainy forest.

The girls were found huddled under a bush, having survived drinking water from huckleberry leaves and eating cereal bars they had brought with them.

They were “in good spirits”, Humboldt Country Sheriff William Honsal said, adding their discovery was a “miracle”.

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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

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Caroline speaking with a firefighter shortly after being rescued

The girls’ mother, Misty Carrico, alerted authorities when she noticed her daughters were missing on Friday afternoon.

The sisters had asked her if they could go for a walk around their home in Benbow, near the Eel River, but she had declined.

After noticing her daughters were missing, Ms Carrico went looking for them with neighbours and friends, before calling the sheriff.

Dozens of police and rescue officials, using helicopters and dogs, were involved in the search.

They found the girls on Sunday morning, 1.4 miles (2.3km) from where they had set off, just hours before a rain storm was due to hit.

The girls told rescuers that they had got lost following a deer trail and made the decision to stay put.

They were reunited with their parents and assessed by paramedics, who said they were dehydrated and cold.

“It is so amazing to have such good news, to know they are safe,” Sheriff Honsal said. “We have so many of these kinds of efforts that end up in tears and tragedy.”

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