Oldest Mudslide Victim Had Just Turned 89

Newser| Fri Jan 12 01:01:05 EST 2018
(Newser) – The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died in the Santa Barbara County enclave of Montecito with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed. As their names and those of 14 other victims were released Thursday, crews kept digging through the muck and rubble looking for more people, the AP reports. "At this moment, we are still looking for live victims," Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney said. But he confessed: "The likelihood is increasing that we'll be finding bodies, not survivors. You have to start accepting the reality..

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