Sisters, 5 and 8, Found Alive in California Wilderness After 44 Hours

Sisters, 5 and 8, Found Alive in California Wilderness After 44 Hours

Honsal said Piercy Fire Chief Delbert Crumley and firefighter Abram Hill located the pair after following tracks in the search area about 1.4 miles south of the girls' home.

They were found "in good spirits, not injured" and were provided with fresh warm clothes and water.

HCSO has found boot prints, but it is unclear if these boot prints are from the young girls or if it is from residents and crews helping search for the two missing girls.

"This is an absolute miracle", Honsal said.

Two young girls have been reunited with their anxious parents after search and rescue teams in California located them safe and sound in what one local sheriff called "a miracle".

"From my perspective... it was that those little girls were the center of their parents', their family's universe, and they became the center of our universe..."

The NBC Bay Area news outlet revealed that the children were last spotted Friday afternoon from their home in Benbow, Humboldt County, about 320 km northwest of the California capital of Sacramento.

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"A lot of us didn't get any sleep in the last 48 hours", Honsal said Sunday. "These girls definitely have a survival story to tell".

The sisters had asked her if they could go for a walk around their home in Benbow, near the Eel River, but she had declined.

The sister's disappearance led to a major outpouring of support from the community, as ABC News reports that the search involved more than 170 personnel from 21 law enforcement agencies.

The search extended into Sunday with officers going door to door and inspecting all vehicles going in and out of the sprawling area where the search was centered, about 280 miles north of San Francisco. She was last seen wearing a maroon rain jacket with white horses, blue jeans and pink boots.

Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell praised the rescuers and thanked the community for all their prayers over the course of the search.

44 hours is pretty incredible but it shows the resilience of people that actually grew up in this community. "We have so many of these kinds of efforts that end up in tears and tragedy".

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