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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Investigating Report Saying Missing Remains Of Montecito Debris Flow Victim Found

(KCLU photo)
Boulders washed down from the mountains above Montecito by the January 9th, 2018 debris flow

The sheriff and coroner are looking into a report coming from a UC Santa Barbara anthropologist.

Two television stations say the remains of one of the two people still missing from the 2018 Montecito debris flow have been found. But, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators still consider it to be a missing persons case.

The TV stations report Kim Cantin told them the remains of her 17-year-old son Jack Cantin have been recovered. Cantin and her daughter Lauren survived the deadly debris flow. Her son Jack, and husband Dave were swept away by the wall of mud, rocks, and debris. Her husband’s body was recovered.

But, despite months of searching by trained teams and volunteers, they couldn’t find the teenager. The Sheriff’s Office reports its investigators are reviewing a forensic report from a UC Santa Barbara anthropologist, and until they make a positive identification they consider the case open.

The remains of two-year-old Lydia Suttithepa still haven’t been recovered. 23 people died, and more than 160 people were injured by the debris flow.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.