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Montecito Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 20 With 4 Others Missing

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The death toll from last week’s Montecito mudslides in Southern California rose to at least 20 people on Sunday. The body of the latest victim, 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa, was found on Saturday afternoon. Police are still searching for at least four people in the area. One is Sutthithepa’s 2-year-old daughter, Lydia. Authorities said Sunday that the chances of finding more survivors had dwindled so they had transitioned from rescue work to the search-and-recovery phase. “This decision was not made lightly,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. At least 73 homes were destroyed and 61 others were damaged.

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