"The information we gathered is that they were trained, through 4-H, for outdoor survival and we believe that that did play a part, but we're only speculating right now".
Two young sisters have been found alive and safe after wandering away from their Northern California home and spending 44 hours lost in a cold, rainy forest, according to their mother and the local sheriff.
"To have a positive outcome like this is just absolutely incredible", he added, "and I can say it's nothing other than a miracle".
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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.
According to the girls" mother they had asked to go for a walk before they disappeared, and she had told them "no' but later on realised they were missing. Some of the teams told our reporter they drove six or more hours to get to Humboldt.
"We could not have had a better outcome", he said.
Teams from Mendocino County, Napa County, Del Norte County, State Parks, National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, CAL FIRE, the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Posse were involved with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in the search efforts.
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They had not found the girls by Sunday morning.
"This is what community is about". "The outpouring - everyone checked in with the command post, everyone calling - it was wonderful".
Police were called at 6pm and a massive search operation was launched after friends and family initially failed to track them down.
Searchers on Saturday found a trail of granola bar wrappers apparently left by the girls, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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"The wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended up", he said, adding that he had the "privilege" of calling the children's mother to share the good news. "She melted on the phone, we had to hang up because she couldn't talk", Fridley told reporters.