The sheriff said the girls were found near Richardson State Park, about 1.4 miles south of their home in Benbow.
Law enforcement asked the public not to join the search efforts both because of the rugged terrain and because they're anxious volunteers could damage evidence left by the girls, like more boot prints.
Using helicopters and tracking dogs, dozens of police and rescue personnel were combing a vast and rugged rural area Sunday in the frantic search for two young sisters missing from their California home.
Caroline Carrico, 5, and Leia Carrico, 8, were last seen around 2:30 p.m. on Friday outside of their home on the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road in Benbow.
"We could not have had a better outcome than we've had this morning", Honsal said. "These girls definitely have a survival story to tell".
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Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said at a news conference on Saturday, the girls had asked their mother to go for a walk in the afternoon and the mother did not give them permission. "They wanted to go on a walk, mom wasn't ready to do so", Ireland said. Two young sisters were found in good spirits Sunday after being missing in the California wildnerness for 44 hours. "This is an absolute miracle".
There are also a reported four K-9 units searching intermittently for the girls. "Please do not operate a drone in the search area", Honsal added.
A photo released by the sheriff's department showed Caroline, dressed in a pink sweater and matching rain boots, speaking with a firefighter shortly after she and her big sister were found. We are so thankful for Delbert Chumley and Abram Hill from Piercy Volunteer Fire for assisting in this 44-hour search.
"So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at". "Through the collaborated efforts of all the involved agencies, we are working to resolve this incident as quickly and safely as possible".