"Caroline and Leia have been found safe and sound in southern Humboldt", Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said at a news conference, prompting wild applause from rescuers, who had been searching for the girls for three days.
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.
Search teams used tracking dogs and helicopters Saturday as they hunted for two young sisters who disappeared from their rural Humboldt County home Friday afternoon.
Delbert Chummy (right center) and Abram Hill (left center) from Piercy Volunteer Fire found Leia and Caroline 1.4 miles southeast of their Benbow home. "The mother said, 'No.' And then in the course of getting things ready and stuff, she noticed they were missing around 3 o'clock", Honsal said.
Fridley said that the Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue is also responding to the area. - Deputies have located the girls and they are safe.More news: Russia Vows to Continue Supporting Maduro in Venezuela
He said: "This is an absolute miracle". "To have a positive outcome like this is just absolutely awesome..." She went looking for them with neighbors and friends before calling the sheriff's office three hours later.
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.
Authorities had launched an expansive search that involved more than 170 personnel from 21 law enforcement and military agencies, including three helicopter crews and six K-9 units. She was last seen wearing a maroon rain jacket with white horses, blue jeans and pink boots.
"So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at". We have a photographer on the way to the search effort and we'll be updating from the scene throughout the day.