A mother’s worst nightmare has come to an end, now that her little girls, aged five and eight years old, are found alive.
The sisters went missing from their home Friday and are finally rescued Sunday, following a massive search effort by more than 100 police, National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard officers, using helicopters and tracking dogs.
Humboldt County, Calif. Sheriff William Honsal says Leia Carrico and Caroline Carrico are now “safe and sound,” calling their recovery “an absolute miracle,” according to the Associated Press.
The girls went at 2:30 p.m. Friday from outside their home in Benbow, Calif., which is a small community just northwest of Sacramento.
Honsal says the sisters vanished after their mother said they could not go outside for a walk.
The search area covered vast, rugged and rural conditions, which were cold and rainy.
They were found in the wilderness, dehydrated and cold, after 44 hours.
The girls reportedly had some outdoor survival training, granola bars and were wearing pink, rubber boots.