Young Sisters Among Victims of Massive California Mudslides

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
January 15, 2018News
Young Sisters Among Victims of Massive California Mudslides

Two young sisters were among the 20 people who died in the mudslides in California.

Sawyer Corey, 12, and Morgan Christine Corey, 25, were sleeping when the mudslides slammed into their home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, officials said.

Sawyer was found dead early last week while Morgan was found dead Saturday morning amidst the mud and debris.

“We ask that you keep this devastated family in your thoughts and prayers,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, reported CBS.

Dan O’Keefe, a family friend, said on the fundraising website GoFundMe that Carie Baker, the mother, and Sawyer’s twin sister, Summer, survived but were still being treated at a hospital.

“Carie is a single working Mom who grew up in Montecito. She was blessed with 12-year-old twin daughters, Summer and Sawyer and 25-year-old Morgan Corey. In the flood, Carie lost her house, her car, all her possessions and most importantly her sweet daughters Sawyer and Morgan Corey,” he wrote.

“Carie and Summer remain hospitalized and have months and months of healing and rehabilitation ahead. Our goal is to provide Carie with the funds to heal without having to worry about medical bills, rent, etc. Our hearts are broken with the loss of Sawyer and Morgan Corey.”

The Ventura County Star reported that among the dead was also was Pinit Sutthithepa, 20, who was found over the weekend near Olive Mill Road.

Pinit’s son, Peerawat, 6, and his father-in-law, Richard Loring Taylor, 79, also died in the storm. His daughter, Lydia, 2, is among those still missing.

Oom’s supervisor at Toyota of Santa Barbara, Mike Caldwell, also took to GoFundMe to ask for funds for Oom’s family.

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This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 shows Lydia Sutthithepa. Sutthithepa was among those reported missing from this week’s deadly Montecito, Calif., mudslides. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

“This family has lost everything but the clothes they were wearing. Clothing, food, shelter and comfort has been provided by the families’ employers, friends and teachers,” he wrote.

“This family needs significant funding to move forward with their lives. We are hoping to raise $25,000.00 to assist them during the coming days of this tragedy and to help rebuild their lives in the months ahead. Because of the sudden nature of this event, time is of the essence.”

CNN noted that besides Lydia, Oom’s daughter, three others remained missing: John “Jack” Cantin, 17; Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28; and John “Jack” Keating, 53.


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