Search for missing girls in California stretches into third day

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Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is searching for two girls who went missing outside of Benbow, California on Friday March 1, 2019.

Leia and Caroline Carrico, ages 8 and 5, were last seen at about 2:30 Friday afternoon outside their house, located on the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road, in the town of Benbow. Ireland said Misty Carrico realized the kids were missing at about 3 p.m., at which point family and community members began searching for them.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal has confirmed at a press conference that the two young sisters lost in the woods near Benbow have been found alive and well.

The search is taking place in steep, heavily wooded terrain.

Honsal described the search area as vast, rugged and rural and the conditions as cold and sporadically rainy.

Leia (left) and Caroline Carrico. They have four canine units, a Blackhawk helicopter and several other partnering agencies helping in the search.

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A fire captain and firefighter found the girls by following their bootprints, The Associated Press reported.

"Citizen drones are making it risky for our assisting helicopters to fly".

Honsal said the sisters were discovered at about 10:30 a.m. local time by Piercy, California, Fire Chief Delbert Crumley and firefighter Abram Hill, who were among almost 200 rescuers from across the state who joined the search. "Please do not operate a drone in the search area", Honsal added.

"We have a lot of clues as to the direction they went".

"As the information comes in we react to it", Fridley said. "They wanted to go on a walk, mom wasn't ready to do so", Ireland said.

"It's a chess game", he said, of trying to figure out where the girls are at. The Sheriff's Office was notified about 30 minutes later, Ireland said. "We have so many of these kinds of efforts that end up in tears and tragedy". "We don't know. We're looking at all the different contingencies that could be out there".

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