Desperate search for two sisters, 5 and 8, who vanished in woods near their home

A desperate search is underway to find two young sisters who vanished from near their home after walking off into a wooded area .

Leia Carrico, eight, 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.

Police have urged private citizens not to use drones in the search area as they “are making it dangerous for our assisting helicopters to fly”.

Before the sisters disappeared they had asked their mum if they could go for a walk.

She refused but soon noticed the girls were gone. They are suspected to have walked off into the wooded area.

At 6pm the same day the police were informed of the disappearance after the mother and neighbors tried to search for the girls themselves, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

The search on Friday was unsuccessful and they continued first thing Saturday morning.

Boot prints and granola bars were found in the search area on Saturday, according to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fridley.

The mother of the two girls told authorities she had only just purchased that same brand of granola bars.

Authorities said Caroline is 3’6″ tall, 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.

Her sister Leia is 4’2″ inches tall 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.