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By Janelle Griffith
Two young sisters missing since Friday afternoon in woods in rural Humboldt County in California, were found safe on Sunday, authorities said.
Caroline and Leia Carrico, who are 5 and 8 years old, were found after more than 44 hours alone in the woods, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said Sunday at a news conference.
A massive search was underway earlier Sunday in areas of rugged, heavily wooded terrain.
Honsal said the girls’ mother noticed they were missing from home about 3 p.m. on Friday. She told authorities she went looking for them with neighbors and friends before calling the sheriff’s office three hours later.
“The two asked to go for a walk,” Honsal said. “The mother said, ‘No.’ And then, in the course of getting things ready and stuff, she noticed they were missing around 3 o’clock.”
Lt. Mike Findley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said search crews came across boot prints in the woods and granola bar wrappers that matched a brand kept at the Carrico home. Both girls were wearing rain boots went they went missing. The clues aided in locating them.