Missing Reduced to 2 in Montecito Mudslides
Updated by edhat staff
8:15 a.m., January 21, 2018
The Santa Barbara County's Sheriff's has reduced the number of missing people in the Montecito mudslides to 2 after the remains of a woman were located on Saturday.
Just before 10:00 a.m., a search and recovery Human Remains Detection dog team located the body of an adult female in the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road. The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has identified the decedent as being 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon of Montecito. Her family has been notified.
The Sheriff’s Office expressed their deepest condolences to the Benitez family, who were already mourning the loss of Faviola’s 10-year-old son, Jonathan Benitez, and his cousin 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, as well as Kailly’s mother, 27-year-old Marilyn Ramos.
Search and recovery teams, with the assistance of 16 Human Remains Detection dog teams, from throughout the state are working together this weekend in an effort to locate the missing victims and bring closure to their families.
There are currently two people who are still missing, 2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa and 17-year-old Jack Cantin.
John “Jack” Cantin – 17 years old
Lydia Sutthithepa – 2 years old
The storm in Montecito has claimed 21 victims so far, with that number expected to rise. Read more about the 20 victims here.
The public is asked to report any information they may have on the whereabouts of the above missing persons. The community is also reminded to report all missing persons to the Emergency Operations Center at 805-681-5542 and please be prepared to provide as much detail as possible to the call takers.