National Guard, Coast Guard Join Search for Missing Benbow Sisters

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Leia (left) and Caroline Carrico. - SUBMITTED
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  • Leia (left) and Caroline Carrico.
At least 10 agencies have now joined the search for two missing Benbow girls, who are believed to have wandered into the woods yesterday afternoon.

All available resources are being utilized by the search personnel, including National Guard satellite technology to track and coordinate search teams.
The sisters — Caroline Rose Carrico, 5, and Leia Dorice Carrico, 8 — are believed to have walked into the woods near their home in the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road south of Benbow sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. yesterday. The pair had wanted to go for a walk at 2:30 p.m. but their mother wasn’t ready. When she looked for them 30 minutes later, they were gone.

Family and neighbors searched the area until around 6 p.m., according to a press release, at which point they called the authorities, who quickly mobilized a search effort that continued through the night.

National Guard Staff Sgt. Alan Clark out of Sacramento uses the Nano computer, which uses satellite technology to track search and rescue crews looking for the Carrico sisters. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • National Guard Staff Sgt. Alan Clark out of Sacramento uses the Nano computer, which uses satellite technology to track search and rescue crews looking for the Carrico sisters.

Additional agencies joined the effort this morning, including the National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard and CalFire. According to the press release, the area consists of “steep, heavily wooded terrain.”

Officials are urging the public to avoid the area unless given express permission by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. A public tip line has been established for any information regarding the possible whereabouts of the children at (707) 441-5000.

A press conference is planned for this afternoon.

See the full press release copied below:


Search and rescue for missing Benbow girls

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two missing girls who are believed to have walked away from their home.

Rose Carrico, age 5, and Leia Carrico, age 8, were last seen at approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 1, 2019, outside of their residence, located on the 3000 block of Twin Trees Road in Benbow. The girls are believed to have walked off into the wooded area nearby their home.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the girl’s disappearance at about 6 p.m. on March 1. Sheriff’s Special Services deputies, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue and CAL FIRE crews responded and conducted an initial search of the area throughout the night.

Search crews continue to search today, March 2, for the two girls.

Caroline Rose Carrico, age 5, is described as a white female, 3 feet 6 inches tall, 40 pounds, 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.

Leia Dorice Carrico, age 8, is described as a white female, 4 feet 2 inches tall, 85 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair, with a large freckle on her left cheek. She was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded long sleeve shirt and purple rain boots.

The search area consists of steep, heavily wooded terrain. Search teams from the following agencies are being utilized:

Mendocino County
Napa County
Del Norte County
State Parks
National Guard
United States Coast Guard
Sothern Humboldt Technical Rescue
CAL FIRE
Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
All available resources are being utilized by searching personnel. Through the collaborated efforts of all the involved agencies we are working to resolve this incident as quickly and safely as possible. Rescue personnel will be searching the immediate and surrounding areas and constantly evaluating the conditions during the search efforts.

The public is advised to please avoid the area while search teams are working unless given permission by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

A public tip line has been established for any information regarding the possible whereabouts of Rose and Leia Carrico at (707) 441-5000.

A press conference for members of the media has been scheduled for 2 p.m. today, March 2, 2019, at the Benbow Lake State Recreational Area (445 Lake Benbow Dr. Garberville).

Further updates will be provided when available.

Anyone wishing to subscribe to the Sheriff's Office automated press release notification system can do so by visiting: https://humboldtgov.org/list.aspx?ListID=219

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