Central Coast mudslides: One person found, three remain missing

John “Jack” Keating

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that one of the persons missing in the aftermath of the Montecito mudslides has been located. Authorities found John “Jack” Keating, 53, in Ventura.

Keating, a transient, was safe and accompanied by his dog “Tiny.” Keating was actually in Carpinteria, not Montecito during the storm, according to the sheriff’s office.

Three people remain missing: John “Jack” Cantin, 17; Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28; and Lydia Sutthithepa, 2.

Lydia Sutthithepa is the daughter of 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa, who was found dead over the weekend. The missing girl’s 6-year-old brother, Peerawat was found dead on Jan. 9, as was Pinit Sutthithepa’s 79-year-old father-in-law, Richard Loring Taylor.

As of Tuesday morning, the death toll from last week’s storm stands at 20. The storm, which devastated the Montecito area in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire, destroyed 115 single-family homes and damaged another 242. Four commercial properties have been destroyed, and 21 have been damaged.

Highway 101 remains closed between the junction of State Route 150 and Milpas Street. Caltrans announced Tuesday that the highway requires at least six more days of clean-up and repairs, and there is no specific estimate as to when it will reopen.

John “Jack” Cantin

Faviola Benitez Calderon

Lydia Sutthithepa