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Body of 21st person killed in Montecito mudslides recovered

28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon

MONTECITO, Calif. - Authorities located the body of a 21st person killed in the Montecito mudslides Saturday morning.

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.

Search and Rescue crews continue to comb the mud and debris looking for the two remaining missing people:  2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa and 17-year-old Jack Cantin.

16 Human Remains Detection dog teams from around the state will continue to search for the missing people. 


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