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The missing Carrico sisters have been located and they are now safe.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2019 6:12 PM
Updated: Mar. 4, 2019 9:30 AM

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 - The Butte County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team participated in the Humboldt County search for the two sisters. They would like people to know that the next meeting of the Butte County team is Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 7 p.m.  Training is offered at 6 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend. They meet at the Headquarters Building at 3965 Morrow Lane.

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UPDATE 3:20 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 - Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal credits Delbert Chumley and Abram Hill from Piercy Volunteer Fire for finding the girls. (Scroll down for photo)

The Sheriff said he is grateful for all of the support provided by assisting agencies who provided more than 210 searchers.

He said many community members called in and offered to help in the 44-hour ground and air search. He suggests locals join the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Posse so you can be deployed on searches that may take place in the future.

Here are two photos of the girls being reunited with their family.

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UPDATE 11:58 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 - Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal spoke to the media at a press conference today to confirm that the missing Carrico sisters have been located and are safe.

Here is what he said during the press conference: 

"I am pleased to report that we're all witnessing a miracle today. Caroline and Leia have been found, safe and sound, here in Southern Humboldt.

They were located this morning at about 10:30 a.m.

Piercy Fire Chief Delbert Chumley and firefighter Abram Hill located them. They were following some tracks in our search area that led south. They were located about 1.4 miles south of the place she last seen, that was the residence. This was an area close to Richardson Grove State Park.

They were safe and sound, still ambulatory, in good spirits, not injured.

They have just walked down and got on their ATV's.

I can't thank enough the team that's assembled behind me... resources from all over the state of California."

Sheriff Honsal said the sisters were reported missing on Friday evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. A massive search was conducted for the girls that lasted 44 hours.

HERE IS THE MOST RECENT ASSOCIATED PRESS COVERAGE

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on two sisters who went missing from their home Friday (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Authorities say two young sisters missing from their Northern California home for since Friday have been found alive.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal says 8-year-old Leia Carrico and 5-year-old Caroline Carrico were found "safe and sound" Sunday morning.

He says the girls were uninjured and "in good spirits" He called their recovery "an absolute miracle."

The sisters had last been seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday outside their home in Benbow, a small community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento.

More than 100 police and rescue personnel were searching for them, including the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard. They used helicopters and tracking dogs.

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10 a.m.

More than 100 law enforcement officers are searching for two young sisters who've been missing from their Northern California home since Friday.

Eight-year-old Leia Carrico and 5-year-old Caroline Carrico were last seen around 2:30 p.m. outside their home in Benbow, a small community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento.

Humboldt County sheriff's spokeswoman Samantha Karges said Sunday that the girls have not been found despite extensive search efforts.

Sheriff William Honsal says the girls went missing after their mother said they could not go out for a walk.

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

The National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard are helping in the search, which includes the use of helicopters and dogs.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press)

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UPDATE 11:40 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 - The press conference is due to start in a few minutes, said officials from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. We will stream the press conference on this page and on our Action News Facebook page.

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UPDATE 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 - A press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. has been delayed due to developing information, said officials from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Keep checking here for updates on progress on the search for Caroline and Leia Carrico.

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is still searching for two girls, ages 5 and 8, who went missing in the Twin Trees area in Benbow. Deputies believe the girls walked away from their home sometime after 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and are still missing.

Caroline Carrico is five years old and her sister, Leia, is eight.

Caroline Rose Carrico is 3'6" tall, weighs 40 pounds, has hazel eyes and blonde hair with bright purple streaks. She was last seen wearing a maroon rain jacket with white horses, blue jeans and pink boots.

Leia Dorice Carrico is 4'2" tall, weighs 85 pounds, haz hazel eyes and blond hair and a large freckle on her left cheek. She was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded long sleeve shirt and purple rain boots.

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

Teams from Mendocino County, Napa County, Del Norte County, State Parks, National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, CAL FIRE, the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Posse are partnershing with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in the search efforts.

At a press conference Saturday the sheriff asked people to stay away from the scene. They have four canine units, a Blackhawk helicopter and several other partnering agencies helping in the search. If you have any information call the tip line at (707) 441-5000

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