TWO sisters have vanished after walking into woods near their home – with desperate search teams hoping to track them down by following their trail of granola wrappers.
Eight-year-old Leia Carrico and her sister Caroline, five, were last seen leaving their house in Benbow, California, at around 2:30pm on Friday.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Leia Carrico, eight, and her sister Caroline, five, vanished from their home near dense forest on Friday
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office The girls have not been seen since about 2:30pm on Friday
The girls had not been given permission by their mum to go for a walk together – but are believed to have taken off anyway.
Police were called at around 6pm and a massive search operation was launched after family and neighbours failed to track them down.
The search gathered pace on Saturday as the Coast Guard, the US National Guard and fire crews were drafted in to help.
Detectives have found boot marks in a wooded area near the girls’ home – and distinctive granola bar wrappers that could help them be tracked.
STOCKED UP ON SNACKS
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fridley said the girls’ mum had only just purchased the same brand – leading them to believe the sisters stocked up on snacks before vanishing.
He told SF Gate yesterday: “We have found some clues during the day that have made us change our directions.
“We found some granola bar wrappers and we were able to confirm with the mom that yes, these are granola bars that [she’s] bought in the last few days.
“So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at.”
The area where search teams are scouring is steep and thick with dense forest, police said.
Carolina is described as 3ft 6in tall, weighing about three stone, with hazel eyes and blonde hair with bright purple streaks.
She was last seen wearing a maroon rain jacket with white horses, blue jeans and pink boots.
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Leia is described as 4ft 2in 4 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about six stone, with hazel eyes and blonde hair, with a large freckle on her left cheek.
She was last seen wearing a dark grey hooded long sleeve shirt and purple rain boots.
The sheriff’s office is urging members of the public to stay clear of the search area while they try to track down the girls.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office A massive search operation is underway to track down the little girls
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