‘It’s pretty amazing’: Little girls, 8 and 5, who disappeared into woods alone for almost two days are found ALIVE and safe

Two young California girls who disappeared on Friday afternoon were found safe and in “good spirits” on Sunday, police say.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal announced on Sunday that Leia Carrico, 8, and her 5-year-old sister, Caroline Carrico, were located “safe and sound” after they disappeared from home on Friday at around 5:30 p.m. Search crews found the little girls around 1.4 miles away from their family’s Benbow home, in “rugged territory.”

Posted by Humboldt County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, March 3, 2019


Honsal said discovering the girls was “pretty amazing” after search crews looked for the children for around 44 hours. He added that both girls had been trained on outdoor survival via their 4H club, but at this time, he’s not certain if their training played a part in keeping them safe.

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As CrimeOnline previously reported, the girls 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 scoured the woods and neighboring areas looking for the girls.

“People gave up their weekends. They care about this community. We cannot do this alone,” Honsal said, explaining that numerous people volunteered to help find the children.

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