Names of Montecito residents fatally injured during flood incident released

By Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

The Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office has received 17 decedents directly related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in the Montecito area. All of the decedents are Montecito residents have been positively identified by the Coroner’s Office and their next of kin 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 old
Marilyn Ramos – 27 years old
Rebecca Riskin – 61 years old
Roy Rohter – 84 years old
Peerawat Sutthithepn – 6 years old
Richard Taylor – 67 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.

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