URGENT: Two little girls, 5 and 8, vanish together near wooded area as search reaches second day

Numerous agencies are searching for two sisters who vanished from their California home on Friday. Officials said the little girls may have wandered into nearby woods together, but they fear the children could possibly reached a nearby highway.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that Leia Carrico, 8, and her sister Caroline Carrico, 5, were last seen at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, at their family’s Benbow home, off of the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road. The children reportedly wanted to go for a walk but their mother told them no. Thirty minutes later, the girls were gone.

Four K-9 units, a helicopter, the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, CAL FIRE, and numerous other agencies are scouring the woods and neighboring areas looking for the girls. Authorities are asking the public to please stay away from the rural area as they continue to search, as they need don’t want any evidence compromised.

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“We’ve found some clues during the day….We found some granola bar wrappers and we were able to confirm with the mom that, ‘yes, these are granola bars that I bought within the last few days,'” Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said. “So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at.”

“We found boot prints. Both these girls were wearing rubber boots.”

Posted by Humboldt County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, March 2, 2019


Caroline is described as a white female who stands 3-feet-6-inches tall and weighs around 40 pounds. She has hazel eyes and blonde hair with “bright purple streaks”. She was last seen in a maroon rain jacket with white horses on it, pink boots, and blue jeans.

Leia is described as a white female who stands 4-feet-2 inches tall and weighs around 85 pounds. She has hazel eyes and blonde hair. She has a large freckle on her left cheek. She was last seen in a grey hooded long-sleeved shirt and purple rain boots.

There is no indication at this point of foul play, police said. Family members are being fully cooperative.

“We don’t know where these girls are. They could have made it to the highway. Some stranger could have picked them up. We don’t know,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsel said.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the public tip line at (707) 441-5000.

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[Feature Photo: Leia and Caroline Carrico/Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office]