Missing 5 And 8-Year-Old Sisters Found Alive!

March 4, 2019

Two sisters have been found alive and well, more than 44 hours after they were reported missing in Humboldt County, CA.

missing girls found alive
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, 5-year-old Caroline and 8-year-old Leia Carrico went missing from their home on Friday afternoon.

On Sunday, March 3, 2019, around 10:30 a.m., searchers Delbert Chumley and Abram Hill from the Piercy Volunteer Fire Department located the two girls approximately 1.4 miles away from their home in Benbow.

"Here's a look at the two HEROES who located Leia and Caroline," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. "We are so thankful for Delbert Chumley and Abram Hill from Piercy Volunteer Fire for assisting in this 44-hour search. We are so grateful for the support provided by all of our assisting agencies and over 210 searchers!"

missing girls found alive
Delbert Chumley (right center) and Abram Hill (left center) from Piercy Volunteer Fire found Leia and Caroline

Chumley and Hill said they located boot prints believed to belong to the girls around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Those tracks led the team southeast to an area near Richardson Grove State Park.


Caroline and Leia responded when crew members called out to them.

missing girls found alive
Parents reunited / Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

The girls were located huddled together under a bush.

They were evaluated by medical personnel for dehydration and given water and warm, dry clothing.

They were reunited with family shortly after being located.

missing girls found alive
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

The girls told first responders that they were following a deer trail when they had become lost.

The two decided to stay put, drinking fresh water from Huckleberry leaves.

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