Sisters, aged 8 and 5, who vanished into bear-infested woods in California found alive two days later

The Carrico sisters were asked by their mother not to go into the woods but the little girls stocked up on snacks and went anyway and as a result lost their way.


                            Sisters, aged 8 and 5, who vanished into bear-infested woods in California found alive two days later

Two little sisters, aged five and eight, disappeared from their home after they walked into the bear-infested woods nearby. However, the young sisters were miraculously found alive all thanks to their great survival skills training. They were missing for almost 44 hours. 

The children, 8-year-old Leia Carrico and her 5-year-old sister Caroline Carrico had last been seen outside of their home which is located in Benbow, just northwest of Sacramento on Friday at around 2.30 pm. The Carrico sisters disappeared into the woods in the Northen California wilderness as police and volunteers launched huge search parties to try and locate the whereabouts of the girls. 

The Carrico sisters disappeared into the woodlands near their home (Source: Humboldt County Sheriff)
The Carrico sisters disappeared into the woodlands near their home (Source: Humboldt County Sheriff)

Thankfully, the girls were found around a mile away from their home by a firefighter and a fire chief. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal, the two girls were found "safe and sound" and also uninjured as a result of their survival skills training which they had learned at their local youth club. As reported by the Mirror, Honsal shared, "This is an absolute miracle. This is rugged territory, this is an extreme environment. How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty amazing."

Before the Carrico sisters disappeared, they had asked their mother whether they could go out for a walk which she refused but then soon noticed that the girls were gone. The authorities were informed at around 6 pm on Friday after which massive search parties were sent out to look for them. On Saturday, both the Coast Guard and the US National Guard were brought in to help with the situation. More than 250 people from across the state responded to assist with the rescue effort, with more than 20 agencies participating. 

Officers were able to track the girls after they found their boot marks in the wooded area next to their home and also granola bar wrappers. According to Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Fridley, the girls' mother had just bought the snacks which lead them to believe that the girls had "stocked up" before they vanished. Fridley shared with SF Gate, "We have found some clues during the day that have made us change our directions."



 

"We found some granola bar wrappers and we were able to confirm with the mom that yes, these are granola bars that [she's] bought in the last few days. So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at," he continued. The police say that it is a "miracle" that the Carrico sisters were found alive and unharmed. 

Mark McKenna, a local photographer on scene to document the girls’ reunion with their mother, said the girls stated that they spent Friday night sleeping under a log but got wet in the rain and so spent Saturday night in a “huckleberry cave.”