In all, the official search lasted 44 hours until the girls were found at 10:30 a.m. Sunday as the sheriff's office prepared for a press conference to provide updated information on the effort, KTVN reported.
Eight-year-old Leia Carrico and her five-year-old sister Caroline Carrico were last seen outside their home in Benbow, north west of Sacramento, on Friday at 2.30pm.
"We appreciate the overwhelming community support in the search for local missing girls Caroline and Leia Carrico", the HCSO said in a tweet, "however we need community members to please stay clear of the search area".
The girls were found "in good spirits, not injured", he said. "These girls definitely have a survival story to tell". "We don't know. We don't know where these girls are", Honsal said.
At 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, HCSO reports they received a call from the mother asking for assistance to find the girls.
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Honsal said at a previous press conference that the girl's mother first noticed they were missing around 3 p.m. Friday, after they asked her if they could go for a walk and she said no. "How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty wonderful". "The initial assessment was that they were dehydrated, they were cold, but they were well".
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.
The girls were found just hours before a rain storm was scheduled to hit the area.
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.
"A lot of us didn't get any sleep the last 48 hours or so", Sheriff Honsal said.
"Only through their efforts were we able to [find the girls]", he said.