Alexia Fernandez
January 15, 2018 08:46 PM

Twenty people were among those dead in the Jan. 9 Montecito mudslide that devastated homes and separated families.

The Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office confirmed the names of 17 people last week, while the names of three others were released in multiple reports.

The youngest victim, Kailly Benitez, is just 3-years-old. She was one of four children confirmed dead.

Sawyer Corey – whose family had made an impassioned plea for help to try to find her on Wednesday – was also confirmed one of the people who died. The 12-year-old was previously reported missing, along with her sister, Morgan Corey, 25. Morgan’s body was found in mud on Saturday, according to ABC News.

The Corey family was sleeping in their Montecito home when mud swept through the area and collapsed their home around them early Tuesday morning.

(from left) Morgan Corey, 25, and Sawyer Corey, 12, were found dead after the Montecito mudslides.
Courtesy Logan Kessler

Sawyer’s twin sister, Summer, and their mother, Carie Baker, were found and are recovering at a local hospital, Baker’s nephew, Logan Kessler, told PEOPLE on Wednesday.

(from left) Summer Corey, Carie Baker and Sawyer Corey.
Courtesy Logan Kessler

“It doesn’t even seem real. It’s been a blur,” he said of the tragedy. “[I felt] scared, helpless and pain for those girls. I couldn’t sleep last night, knowing they were still alone.”

Martin Cabrera-Munoz.

In addition to Sawyer and 3-year-old Kailly, Jonathan Benitez, 10, and Peerawat Suthhithepn, 6, lost their lives.

Peerawat’s father, Pinit Sutthithepa, 30, was found dead, as well as Pinit’s stepfather, Richard Loring Taylor, 67, according to a GoFundMe page for the family and ABC News.

Pinit’s daughter, 2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa, is still missing.

A candlelight vigil is held for the victims of the Montecito mudslides in Santa Barbara, California, on Sunday.

Also named amongst the dead was Martin Cabrera-Munoz, 48. His family has created a GoFundMe page for donations that will go toward his funeral service.

Authorities also named David Cantin, 49; Peter Fleurat, 73; Josephine Gower, 69; John McManigal, 61; Alice Mitchell, 78; James Mitchell, 89; Mark Montgomery, 22; Marilyn Ramos, 27; Rebecca Riskin, 61; and Roy Rohter, 84.

Mourners gathered at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden for the interfaith service to mark those who lost their lives and homes in the devastating event on Sunday.

ABC News reported Joseph Francis Bleckel, 87, was found dead in his Romero Canyon home four days after the mudslide occurred.

The cause of death for 17 people was listed as “multiple traumatic injuries due to flash flood with mudslides due to recent wildfire,” according to the coroner’s office.

“The only words I can really think of to describe what it looked [like] was it looked like a World War I battlefield,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said of the area, which is known for its beautiful homes and celebrity residents. “It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere.”

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released an active list of three people they believed were still missing, including John “Jack” Cantin, 17, Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, and Lydia Sutthithepa, 2.

The tragedy comes just one month after a series of fast-spreading wildfires wreaked havoc on the region.

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