Kate Larsen, ABC's sister station, KGO-TV, spoke on Sunday night over the phone with Misty Carrico, the girls' mother. While losing her, she said her daughters hid the duckling bush and called her "huckleberry home." He says he thought he would never see his children again and feel like the luckiest person in the world.
The video made by his friend shows that Misty and Travis Carrico came together with their daughters. Girls appear from the forest with separate ATVs. Travis first takes Leia, 8, and when Caroline, 5, arrives, Misty grabs like a baby.
Leia and Caroline Carrico are eating pizza in the hospital tonight after losing the loss of forest in Humboldt County. Mom told me to hide in a Huckleberry bush and lost their voice that asked for help until the rescuers found them AM pic.twitter.com/FPueQvCMdk
– Kate Larsen (@ KateABC7) March 4, 2019
"I was so worried about you," shouted Travis with tears, and also knew that his daughter knew "he's in trouble."
After the storm broke, the sisters left the home on Friday afternoon. They planned to walk on their favorite rock slides, but they disappeared.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office launched a search on Friday night. The search engine used a black hawk helicopter, which the girls told their mother that they were flying over them. They shouted for help, but no one heard.
"We had to prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and so were the best investigators on the northern shore who tracked a criminal investigation.
"Hypothermia could have penetrated, but kept dry, this was the most important thing for these girls," Honsal said.
Located in the remote and wooded forest area of Carricos Humboldt, near Richardson State Park. Leia and Caroline learned 4H through survival skills and knew they would disappear if they were lost. Honsal Serifft was impressed that young girls knew how to survive in difficult conditions.
"They had no food or water with them, but they knew they could drink water from the rain, the leaves, and they did exactly that," he said.
The footwear of their rain boots led two volunteer firefighters from Pierce to the girls on Sunday morning. In 44 hours, they found a kilometer away from home … safe but cold and scared. Leia and Caroline were hospitalized to get out. Misty says they got some heating blankets and food, and they were sent home. She says her daughters have lost their voices that asked for help and were afraid to meet mountain lions or bears living in the woods.
Over 200 people helped in search and rescue operations, including Marin, Napa and Sonoma. Honsal Sheriff says it is critical to find Leia and Caroline when they're done, because they are on colder weather.
Misty is grateful to everyone who has helped her daughters return home and thank everyone who helped to search or donate. He created a GoFundMe account because he says his weekend traffic has been destroyed by his driveway and neighbors, and he wants to build roads with the rock.
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