Montecito mudslide missing persons list

Missing a loved one after Tuesday's storm?

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - If you have missing loved ones following Tuesday's storm, please email with photo, description and contact information. We want to help spread the word. Thank you.

We will post those photos and individual information on this page.

Additionally, anyone searching for missing loved ones can go to the Family Assistance Center at the First Presbyterian Church at 21 E. Constance Avenue in Santa Barbara, or call 833-688-5551.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office would like the public to call the Emergency Operations Center at 805-681-5542 to report all missing persons.

GoFundMe campaigns for several of the victims have been created to help their family. See our Help and Donations page here.


Lydia Sutthithepa

2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa remains missing. Her father Pinit, her brother Pasta and her grandfather Richard have all been identified as deceased. Her mother and grandmother are safe. Anyone with information about her whereabouts may contact Mike Caldwell at with any information on Sutthithepa's whereabouts or the Emergency Operations Center at 805-681-5542 and be prepared to provide as much detail as possible to the call takers


John "Jack" Cantin

16-year-old Jack was last seen on Jan. 9 before the storm. His family home was destroyed in the mudslide. His sister was rescued by firefighters, however, his father is also one of the people who lost their lives in the storm. If you have any information on their whereabouts, call the Emergency Operations Center at 805-681-5542 and be prepared to provide as much detail as possible to the call takers. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family during this difficult time.


John "Jack" Keating

FOUND: Sheriff's officials say 53-year-old John "Jack" Keating, a transient who often frequents the Montecito riverbed area, was located safely with his dog "Tiny" in Ventura. 

Joe Bleckel

DECEASED: Unfortunately, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said 87-year-old Joe Bleckel was found by search and rescue teams dead inside his home. Joe Bleckel was last seen in the area of Winding Creek Lane.


Arthur and Tracie Owens

FOUND: Arthur Owens (pictured here with dog Marnie) and Tracie Owens were found safe by two police officers. Worried family and friends hadn't heard from them since the storm.


Judy Stewart

FOUND: We received reports from Judy's family and friend that she has been found safe at her home. Judy had last been seen at 2125 Piedras Drive in Montecito just before the storm hit on Tuesday.


Scott McMillin

FOUND: We received reports from Scott's family that he has been found safe. A friend of Judy Stewart said Scott is with Judy. Scott McMillin may have been at 2125 Piedras Drive in Montecito during the time of the storm and mudslides.


Ken Liatas

FOUND: Ken's niece contacted our station to let us know that Ken was found safe. Ken was last seen at 670 Romero Canyon Road and has not been heard from since Tuesday. 


Dwight and Kimberly Lowell

FOUND:  We have reports Dwight and Kimberly are safe. Dwight and Kimberly are 71 years old and were at home at the time of the mudslide.


Peter Fleurat (Floray)

DECEASED: We received word from family and friends that Peter Fleurat was found but had unfortunately passed away. Peter last seen early Tuesday morning at 369 Hot Springs Road when the flooding and mudslide occurred destroying the home he lived in.


Sawyer Corey

DECEASED: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said that Sawyer was one of the 19 victims whose lives were claimed by the deadly mudslides and flash flooding. Sawyer was last seen with her sister Morgan at 1231 East Valley Road in Montecito. 

Morgan Corey

DECEASED: The body of 25-year-old Morgan Corey was located Saturday in Montecito. Morgan's 12-year-old sister Sawyer was also found deceased earlier in the week.


Delbert Weltzin

FOUND: 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin was located safely on Saturday in Santa Barbara County. 


Pinit Sutthithepa

DECEASED: 30-year-old Pinit "Oom" Sutthithepa's body was recovered in the mud and debris of the Montecito mudslide Saturday in the area of Olive Mill Road and Hot Springs Road. He is the 20th person to die in the disaster. Sutthithepa was an employee at Toyota of Santa Barbara.

His 6-year-old son Pasta and 79-year-old father-in-law Richard Taylor were on the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's list of people who lost their lives in the mudslides. His wife and mother were found safe.

Faviola Benitez Calderon

DECEASED: The body of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon of Montecito was recovered at around 10 a.m. on the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. 

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 also died in the devastating mudslides.

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