Photos: Remembering the Victims of the Montecito Flood

Family members have identified several victims of the flooding and mud flow that rushed through the Santa Barbara County coastal community of Montecito Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018.

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Montecito mudslide victims Roy Rohter, Josie Gower and Rebecca Riskin are pictured.
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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, was found on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road. Calderon's 10-year-old son, Jonathan Benitez and his cousin 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, as well as Kailly’s mother, 27-year-old Marilyn Ramos, were also killed.
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Fabian Ramz
The body of Pinit Sutthithepa was found Saturday and identified Sunday, Jan. 14 as the 20th victim of the Montecito Mudslides. Sutthithepa immigrated from Thailand, for years sending back money to his wife and two young children until he could bring them to the United States.
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The Loring Taylor Family
Richard "Loring" Taylor, 79, and grandson Peerawat "Pasta" Sutthithepa, 6, were killed in the Montecito mudflow. Peerawat's father, Pinit Sutthithepa, also was killed.
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Saint Augustine Academy
Roy Rohter, of Montecito, was identified as one of the victims of the Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 winter storm. Rohter was the founder of a Catholic school in Ventura. He and his wife, Theresa, were swept away by the flood. He did not survive, his wife was rescued.
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Alice Mitchell, pictured second from right, stayed home to celebrate her husband's 89th birthday on the night of the storm, the couple's daughter said. The house on Hot Springs Road was washed away by raging floods. Mitchell's body was found down the road, on a different street.
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James Mitchell and his wife, Alice, chose not to evacuate their Montecito home when voluntary evacuations were issued. When a relative searching for the couple went to the sheriff's office for information, "they told her there was no 319 Hot Springs Road anymore," their daughter said. The couple's bodies were found Tuesday on Olive Mill Road.
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Hayden Gower frantically searched through debris looking for his 69-year-old mother. By nightfall Wednesday, he learned her body had been found. "I told her to stay on the second floor but she went downstairs and opened the door and just got swept away," Hayden Gower told NBC affiliate KSBY.
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Riskin Partners
Rebecca Riskin, a real estate agent and founder of Riskin Partners, was also killed in the mudslides in Montecito, the company confirmed. Riskin Partners described its founder as "an exceptional woman" who lived her life with "strength, grace and elegance." Riskin is survived by her husband and two children.
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Peter Fleurat, 73, of Montecito. A long-time friend told KSBY-TV that Fleurat died after he and his partner tried to escape the rising floodwaters in their Montecito home.
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Sawyer Corey, 12, was killed in the mud flow triggered by a storm in Montecito.
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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
The body of Morgan Christine Corey, 25, was found in mud and debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.
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