Rescuers find missing California sisters

Two girls missing from Benbow in Humboldt County

They found the girls on Sunday morning, 1.4 miles (2.3km) from where they had set off, just hours before a rain storm was due to hit.

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

The public is advised to please avoid the area while search teams are working unless given permission by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Eight-year-old Leia Carrico and her five-year-old sister Caroline Carrico were last seen outside their home in Benbow, north west of Sacramento, on Friday at 2.30pm. "How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty incredible". Caroline was last seen wearing a maroon colored rain jacket with white horses on it as well as blue jeans and pink rain boots.

HCSO reports they are looking at all contingencies in this situation, to locate Caroline and Leia in a timely manner.

PREVIOUSLY: The two young sisters missing since Friday afternoon in the woods near Benbow have been found alive after more than 44 hours alone in the forest, according to a text message from their mother to local reporter Kym Kemp.

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

Honsal said the girls were given fresh warm clothes, water and food and were being assessed but were in good spirits and doing well.

"To have a positive outcome like this is just absolutely fantastic", Honsal said.

The distraught mother says she told the pair they couldn't go into the wooded area near their houise but soon noticed they had gone.

The girls went missing less than an hour after their mother told them they couldn't go out for a walk, said Sheriff William Honsal.

Rescuers were hopeful about finding the girls Saturday after they came across prints from the girls' rubber boots and wrappers from the granola bars, Lt. Mike Fridley said.

"She melted on the phone", he said.

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

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