Body of 25-Year-Old Found in Montecito, Bringing Mudslide Death Toll to 19: Sheriff

Authorities discovered the body of a 25-year-old woman in Montecito Saturday morning, bringing the death toll of this week's mudslides to 19, according to Santa Barbara County officials.

Search and rescue workers look through the debris of a demolished neighborhood in Montecito on Jan. 12, 2018. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Search and rescue workers look through the debris of a demolished neighborhood in Montecito on Jan. 12, 2018. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Five people remained missing since heavy rains triggered mudflows early Tuesday, Sheriff Bill Brown announced in a news conference.

Officials found the remains of Morgan Corey in mud and debris around 9 a.m. Saturday, Brown said.

The victim's 12-year-old sister, Sawyer, had also died in the mudslides, according to the sheriff.

The Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire recorded in California history, scorched through vegetation in the area and increased the risk of devastating mudslides. The blaze reached full containment Friday, a month after it started burning hillsides and homes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Santa Barbara County officials issued mandatory evacuations for about 7,000 people before heavy rains sent rivers of mud flowing from the hills into Montecito on Tuesday. Most of the homes destroyed, however, were not in a mandatory evacuation zone.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said that as of 8 p.m. Saturday, authorities were still searching for the following individuals:

• John “Jack” Cantin, 17
• Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28
• Pinit Sutthithepa, 30
• Lydia Sutthithepa, 2
• John “Jack” Keating, 53