Santa Barbara County, CA

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 22:48

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 19

Kelly Hoover

Public Information OfficerDate: 1/13/2018 Time: 8:15 p.m.

(805) 681-4192

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's

Office

Updated News Release

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 19

Montecito- The Sheriff's Office is saddened to report that at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, January 13, 2018, 25-year-old Morgan Christine Corey was found deceased in an area east of Olive Mill Road. We ask that your thoughts and prayers be with her family and friends who are already mourning the loss of Morgan's 12-year-old sister Sawyer Corey.

There are a total of 19 confirmed fatalities directly related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in the Montecito area.

Jonathan Benitez - 10 years old Kailly Benitez - 3 years old

Joseph Francis Bleckel - 87 years old Martin Cabrera-Munoz - 48 years old David Cantin - 49 years old

Morgan Corey - 25 years old Sawyer Corey - 12 years old Peter Fleurat - 73 years old Josephine Gower - 69 years old John McManigal - 61 years old Alice Mitchell - 78 years old James Mitchell - 89 years old Caroline Montgomery - 22 years old Mark Montgomery - 54 years old Marilyn Ramos - 27 years old Rebecca Riskin - 61 years old Roy Rohter - 84 years old

Peerawat Sutthithepa - 6 years old Richard Loring Taylor - 79 years old

We are holding every one of these victim's family and friends close to our hearts. We ask that you respect their privacy during this most difficult time.

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 18

Montecito - We are saddened to report that today, January 12, 2018, another victim was located in Montecito bringing the total number of casualties from this tragic incident to 18 decedents. 87-year-old Joseph Francis Bleckel of Montecito was located deceased around 11:30 a.m. inside his residence. We want to express our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

We also would like to make two corrections to our previous list. Peerawat Sutthithepa is the correct spelling for the six-year-old victim. Also, the correct age for Richard Loring Taylor, who goes by his middle name Loring, is 79 years old.

Sheriff's Office Releases Names of Montecito Residents

Fatally Injured During Flood Incident

Santa Barbara - As of Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office had received 17 decedents directly related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in the Montecito area. All of the decedents are from Montecito and have been positively identified by the Coroner's Office. Next of kin for all 17 decedents have been notified of the deaths with the assistance of the Family Assistance Center and Coroner's Office personnel. The cause of death for all 17 decedents will be listed as "Multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides due to recent wildfire".

The names and ages of the decedents are as follows:

Jonathan Benitez - 10 years old

Kailly Benitez - 3 years old

Martin Cabrera-Munoz - 48 years old David Cantin - 49 years old

Sawyer Corey - 12 years old Peter Fleurat - 73 years old Josephine Gower - 69 years old John McManigal - 61 years old Alice Mitchell - 78 years old James Mitchell - 89 years old Mark Montgomery - 54 years old Caroline Montgomery - 22 years oldMarilyn Ramos - 27 years old Rebecca Riskin - 61 years old Roy Rohter - 84 years old Peerawat Sutthithepa - 6 years old Richard Loring Taylor - 79 years old

The Sheriff's Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones. We request that you respect their privacy during this most difficult time.