Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Death toll from Montecito mudslides at 21 after missing mother located

Death toll from Montecito mudslides at 21 after missing mother located

The agency said on Saturday the highway would be open to drivers on Monday, but it appears officials were able to get it safely cleared even sooner.

Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, was found Saturday after missing for almost two weeks, making her one of 21 victims in the Montecito mudslides in Southern California.

Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, had been missing for almost two weeks when a search and recovery human remains detection dog team found her remains at 10 a.m. Saturday, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

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During the US 101 shut down, Amtrak added additional cars to its route between Santa Barbara and points east as travelers increasingly relied on rail service to get around the closure.

All lanes were inundated January 9 when a powerful storm brought down boulders and trees from hillsides in Montecito made bare by last month's wildfires. They are 2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa, 17-year-old John Cantin and 28-year-old Fabiola Calderon.

(California Department of Transportation) U.S. Highway 101 at Olive Mill Road in Montecito on January 21, 2018, after two weeks of cleanup following deadly mudslides that closed the highway for weeks.

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Torrential rains triggered the January 9 mudslides, which injured dozens more people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings around the affluent community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles.

U.S. Highway 101 at Olive Mill Road in Montecito after mudslides in January 2018.

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