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Search continues for teen swept away by mudslides in Montecito

Search continues for teen swept away during Montecito mudslides

MONTECITO, Calif. - A Santa Barbara High School student and Eagle Scout  name John "Jack" Cantin is among the missing in the Montecito mudslides and mudflow.

Hours after the storm, search and rescue crews found Jack Cantin's sister Lauren almost buried alive in mud, but they couldn't find him.

His 49-year-old father David did not survive ,and his mother Kim was injured. 

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe broke the news to students who may know the family from the Montecito Covenant Church.

 “Her brother Jack is one of the three people still missing, their father Dave was killed, their mother Kim has been through two major surgeries, ”  said Dr. Beebe.

Jacks friends and classmates at Santa Barbara High said the 17-year-old shined in the MAD Academy, which stands for Multimedia Arts and Design Academy.

Philip Luce said he liked to play video games with Jack when he was younger. 

 “He is just a great person ,he was a huge influence in my life, just being there for me, like the person I am today is because of him,” said Luce.

Ryan Murphy called him smart. 

 “The sky was the limit for him, he was a very smart kid," said Murphy who said his seat sits empty.

" It’s hard, I have two of my classes with him, so there is an empty seat every day, so yeah it’s hard,”  said Murphy. 

Jack went to Montecito Union School, and Santa Barbara Middle School when he was younger.

He also earned the highest rank in scouting when he became an Eagle Scout in 2016 after overhauling the basketball area at Cleveland Elementary School.

His father Dave served as scoutmaster.


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