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"We know that this a terribly inconvenient development, but it is also incredibly necessary", Brown said. "There's nearly always more that could come down", Jibson said.

"There are four juveniles on the list", Brown said.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office issued a plea for information but acknowledged that finding anyone alive would be a "miracle". It was the first death discovered since Wednesday. The John Keating listed above is a separate individual and is still on our active missing person's list. No further details were released about his death.

The public is asked to report any information they may have on the whereabouts of the above missing persons. The missing are aged between 2 and 30.

The Benitez brothers survived.

The youngest victim, Kailley Benitez, three, died alongside her mother and 10-year-old cousin.

She says Marilyn Ramos doted on her only child, Kailly.

"My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick", said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos.

Authorities announced Thursday that 73-year-old Peter Fleurat was among those who died in Montecito.

Triggered by heavy rains, the massive slides struck before dawn on Tuesday.

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Barajas, owner of a Santa Barbara restaurant, survived with cuts and bruises and a sprained neck.

Damage after the deadly mudslides in Southern California.

The US Forest Service announced on Friday that the fire that burned 440 square miles had been fully contained.

About 100 homes have been destroyed and 300 others damaged in Montecito, a community known for its multimillion-dollar properties.

It continued to smolder before a drenching Pacific storm hit bare hills and mountains this week, unleashing debris-laden flash floods that swept away homes and killed at least 17 people.

Seven people had been missing at the start of the day, which saw about another 900 emergency personnel arrive in Montecito, north of Los Angeles, to join the relief effort under way by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the US Navy and the American Red Cross.

A spokesperson for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital said 27 patients were treated and released or admitted to the hospital from with storm-related injuries.

Anderson says the number dropped because people were located, but it could continue to fluctuate greatly. "To get people here takes time and we're finally getting that request for influx". "It just exhausts the crews out there", Sacramento Fire Department Captain Pat Costamagna said in a social media video from the governor's emergency management office.

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning, catching numerous victims entirely off-guard.

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