Update: 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14
As of Sunday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was reporting that four people were still missing in the deadly mudslides and flooding in Montecito last week.
The current list of active missing person cases includes:
▪ John “Jack” Cantin: 17 years old
▪ Faviola Benitez Calderon: 28 years old
▪ Lydia Sutthithepa: 2 years old
▪ John “Jack” Keating: 53 years old
On Saturday, a person previously listed as missing, 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, was located safely.
The Sheriff’s Office also points out that a Montecito resident named John Keating was seriously injured during the mudslides and flooding and is in the hospital, but that a separate resident named John Keating listed on the list above remains on the missing-persons list.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating several people who are still missing after severe flooding and mudslides wreaked havoc on Montecito earlier this week.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released the names and photographs of seven people who are still missing, ranging from 2 to 62 years old, according to a news release.
The missing were identified as:
▪ Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28.
▪ John “Jack” Cantin, 17.
▪ Morgan Christine Corey, 25.
▪ John “Jack” Keating, 53, a transient who often frequents the Montecito Creek area.
▪ Lydia Sutthithepa, 2.
▪ Pinit Sutthithepa, 30.
▪ Delbert Weltzin, 62, a transient who often frequents the railroad tracks near Olive Mill Road.
The public is asked to report any information they may have on the whereabouts of the above missing persons, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover.
“The community is also reminded to report all missing persons to the Emergency Operations Center at 805-681-5542,” she said, “and please be prepared to provide as much detail as possible to the call takers.”
Noozhawk.com editor Tom Bolton contributed to this report.