‘Absolute miracle!’: Napa County sheriff tweets ‘welcome home’ to girls found safe

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A new photo Monday shows the bright smiling faces of the two young sisters who were found following after they had been missing from their Northern California home since Friday. 

“Absolute miracle! Leia Carrico, 8, and Caroline Carrico, 5, were missing for 44 hours after wandering away from their home in Humboldt County. Thank goodness they were found safe and unharmed. Welcome home girls…welcome home!” the Napa County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

The newest photo shows the two sisters recovering side by side donning what appears to be matching hospital gowns. 

Leia Carrico, 8, and Caroline Carrico, 5, were found “safe and sound” on Sunday morning by a fire captain and firefighter who had followed the girls’ boot tracks, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said.

“This is an absolute miracle,” he said.

Though the girls were dehydrated and cold, they were uninjured and “in good spirits,” Honsal said.

He said the girls were trained in outdoor survival through their local 4-H club and that authorities believed that helped them. They also were wearing boots and had eaten granola bars at some point while they were missing, he said.

“To have a positive outcome like this is just absolutely amazing,” Honsal said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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