PREVIOUSLY: The two young sisters missing since Friday afternoon in the woods near Benbow have been found alive after more than 44 hours alone in the forest, according to a text message from their mother to local reporter Kym Kemp.
"I am pleased to report that we are all witnessing a miracle today".
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.
The sisters had last been seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday outside their home in Benbow, a small community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento. "These girls definitely have a survival story to tell".
"So the wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended at".
"We could not have had a better outcome than we've had this morning", Honsal said.
"This is an absolute miracle", said Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal, the wire service reported.
The Sheriff's office was notified of their disappearance around 6 p.m. Friday.
Before they disappeared, the girls had asked their mother, Misty Carrico, if they could go for a walk.
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.
A photo of one of the girls posted by the sheriff's office and already being widely shared on social media shows her wearing pink rubber boots, dirty jeans, a long pink shirt and a woolen cap.
Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell praised the rescuers and thanked the community for all their prayers over the course of the search.
"A lot of us didn't get any sleep in the last 48 hours", Honsal said Sunday. "It is so awesome to have such good news, to know they are safe".