Leia and Caroline Carrico were found in the woods after missing for 44 hours. They were dehydrated and tired, but fine and were taking to the hospital for observation. The two girls cheeks were red, either from sunburn or windburn in the photo in the hospital, eating pizza (see photo below). Their mom, Misty has started a GoFundMe account for donations to help repair her and her neighbors driveway. Misty posted “the unfortunate side effect is my 6 mile dirt driveway and the driveways of all my neighbors was destroyed by all the traffic.”
Original story: Two sisters, Leia, 8, and Caroline Carrico, 5, went missing on Friday, March 1, 2019. They were last seen outside their house in the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road in Benbow, California in Humboldt County.
A search has been ongoing since they were reported missing but so far they have not been found, although there has been clues to their location in the dense woods they are believed to be lost in.
Leia and Carrico’s mother told authorities that the girls wanted to go for a walk in the woods in the Twin Trees area and their mother told them they were not going and went into the home. When she went to check on them later she saw they were gone. Neighbors helped Mom search for them and when they were not found, called the police around 6 p.m. that evening.
During the search by authorities, a granola bar wrapper was found that is believed to belong to the sisters.
“We found some clues during the day that made us change our direction. We found granola bar wrappers and were able to confirm with the mom that yes those were granola bars that were bought in the last few days. The wrappers showed what direction they went in,” said Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told ABC 13.
Also, boot prints have been found and subsequently the authorities have let the public know they do not want any volunteers as they don’t want the area compromised. They were also relying on the dogs to lead them to the girls and any extra people may throw off the dog’s scent.
Also, people have been bringing in their personal drones. The sheriff posted a message on Facebook:
“The search area is closed to unauthorized aircraft including citizen drones. Citizen drones are making it dangerous for our assisting helicopters to fly. Please do not operate a drone in the search area. We are thankful for the community’s willingness to help, but we need to make sure our pilots can conduct search operations safely. Thank you for your support as this search continues. We have over 100 personnel from across the state assisting in this search, including multiple air resources, ground teams, and canine teams.”
Leia has a large freckle on her left cheek. She was last seen wearing a dark grey hooded long sleeve shirt and purple rain boots. Caroline has blonde hair with bright purple streaks. She was last seen wearing a maroon rain jacket with white horses, blue jeans and pink boots.
If you have any information about their whereabouts, please call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-441-5000.