Desperate hunt for missing sisters in Montecito

Family and friends are desperately hunting for two sisters who are missing and feared dead in the California mudslides.

Sawyer Corey, 12, and her stepsister Morgan Corey, 25, have not been seen since downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down fire ravaged hills in the wealthy neighborhood of Montecito on Tuesday.

The sisters were asleep in their home with Sawyer's twin sister, Summer, and their mother, Carie Baker, when the mudslide hit.

Baker and Summer Corey were later rescued and taken to hospital in critical condition.

Sawyer Corey

Morgan Corey

Sawyer Corey, 12, (left) and her stepsister Morgan Corey, 25, (right) have not been seen since downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down fire ravaged hills in the wealthy neighborhood of Montecito on Tuesday

Actress Sarah Paulson even joined the search effort, sharing a picture of the girls after one of the assistant directors on American Horror Story told her they were missing

Actress Sarah Paulson even joined the search effort, sharing a picture of the girls after one of the assistant directors on American Horror Story told her they were missing

Friends and family have launched a social media search for Saywer and Morgan, whose whereabouts are still unknown. Actress Sarah Paulson even joined the search effort, sharing a picture of the girls after one of the assistant directors on American Horror Story told her they were missing.

'Got a devastating email from @nicoleburkead our 1st Ad on AHS, asking me to get the word out about her friend's children- Please help if you are able,' she wrote on Instagram.

'My friends daughters are missing! Please help find them. A mudslide devoured their home at 3am. Sawyer (12) Morgan (25). Last seen 1231 E valley rd Santa Barbara. Please RT. #missing #missingperson #Montecito #SantaBarbara #mudslides.'

At least 16 are dead and many more are still missing after the mudslides slammed into homes, covered highways and swept away vehicles early on Tuesday when more than a half-inch (1.5cm) of rain fell in five minutes, a rate that far exceeds the normal flash flood threshold.

Among those missing following the mudslides are sisters Morgan Corey (pictured), 25, and Sawyer Corey, 12

Summer and Morgan were asleep in their home with Sawyer's twin sister, Summer, and their mother, Carie Baker, when the mudslide hit early Tuesday morning. Summer, Sawyer and Baker are pictured above

Morgan (left), and Sawyer Corey (right with her twin sister and mother), 12, were asleep in their home with Sawyer's twin sister, Summer, and their mother, Carie Baker, when the mudslide hit early Tuesday morning

Santa Barbara County Firefighters work amid flood waters and debris flow during heavy rains in Montecito, California, on Tuesday

Santa Barbara County Firefighters work amid flood waters and debris flow during heavy rains in Montecito, California, on Tuesday

US 101 was completely impassable at the Olive Mill Road overpass after it flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek. The critical coastal highway has been completely shut down for 30 miles between Ventura and Santa Barbara

US 101 was completely impassable at the Olive Mill Road overpass after it flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek. The critical coastal highway has been completely shut down for 30 miles between Ventura and Santa Barbara

Roy Rohter, a father and the founder of the St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, was killed in the mudslide, the Catholic school's headmaster Michael Van Hecke told the Associated Press reported. Rohter's wife Theresa was injured and taken to hospital in a stable condition.

'Roy Rohter was a man of strong faith and a great friend of Catholic education,' Michael F. McLean, president of the college, said in a statement. 'He played a pivotal role in the lives of countless young Catholic students — students who came to a deeper knowledge and love of Christ because of his vision, commitment and generosity.' 

Rebecca Riskin and her two dogs were also reportedly killed when the mud swept down Glenoaks Boulevard, according to one of her neighbors.

Lauren Cantin, 14, was rescued from her collapsed Montecito home where she had been trapped for hours. Video captured the moment firefighters, who heard her screams, pulled the mud-caked teen free from the mud.

The first confirmed death was Roy Rohter (pictured above), a former real estate broker who founded St. Augustine Academy in Ventura

His wife Theresa was injured by the mudslide

The first confirmed death was Roy Rohter (pictured above), a former real estate broker who founded St. Augustine Academy in Ventura. His wife Theresa was injured by the mudslide

James Mitchell Missing from Californaia mudslides

Alice Mitchell

James (left) and Alice (right) Mitchell have also been reported as missing by their family

Josie Gower (pictured) a mom-of-two, is also missing and feared dead

Josie Gower (pictured) a mom-of-two, is also missing and feared dead

'I thought I was dead for a minute there,' she could be heard saying on video posted by KNBC-TV before she was taken away on a stretcher.

But her father Dave Cantin was sadly not so lucky. Both Dave and Lauren's brother Jack were swept away in the floods and reported missing yesterday. 

Friends have since revealed on social media that Dave was killed in the floods, while Jack, who attends Santa Barbara High School, was rescued and is hospital.

Family friend Brian Maher said: 'I was updated by my family that John passed and his son was pulled down the river and lived. Prayers for the family.' 

Alice and Jim Mitchell, who live on Hot Springs Road, on the corner of Olive Mill which was badly affected by the mudslides, have also been missing since Tuesday, along with their white poodle Gigi.  

Their grandchildren Megan and Alan are desperately searching for them in the wake of the disaster. 

Firefighters are pictured above rescuing a girl from the mudslide. Multiple bodies were found during the rescue operations on Tuesday in Montecito, 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles

Firefighters are pictured above rescuing a girl from the mudslide. Multiple bodies were found during the rescue operations on Tuesday in Montecito, 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles

Firefighters rescue a 14-year-old girl who was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito on Tuesday. Rescue crews worked for six hours using the jaws of life and other tools to free her from the mangled wreckage, but she walked away

Firefighters rescue a 14-year-old girl who was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito on Tuesday. Rescue crews worked for six hours using the jaws of life and other tools to free her from the mangled wreckage, but she walked away

Jack Cantin

Dave Cantin (left) and his son Jack (right) were swept away in the floods and reported missing yesterday. Jack has since been rescued but friends say Dave was killed in the mudslide 

'I'm looking for my grandparents, James and Alice Mitchell. Their residence was at 319 Hot Springs Rd and the home was destroyed. I'm hoping someone out there has seen them in the evacuation shelters and can give us some info,' Megan tweeted. 

The family are hoping to find them at an evacuation center, but they have not heard from the couple since the mudslide hit.

Tyler McManigal, 28, who is stationed in Hawaii with the Navy, said he was notified yesterday that his father and brother had been swept away by the flooding in Montecito. 

He told the LA Times that his dad John, 64, had rushed to wake up his son Connor after the flash flood warning went out.

The pair made it out of their home, in Hot Springs Road, but were swept up in the gushing floodwaters that ripped through their home.  

Connor has since been found almost a mile away from their home, on the 101 Freeway, and taken to a local hospital, but John, a dad-of-six, is still missing. 

The US Coast Guard shows Coast Guard members rescues a family of five, including the mother, father, their newborn, seven-year-old son, three-year-old daughter and two dogs after their house was overtaken by a mudslide, in Santa Barbara County, California

The US Coast Guard shows Coast Guard members rescues a family of five, including the mother, father, their newborn, seven-year-old son, three-year-old daughter and two dogs after their house was overtaken by a mudslide, in Santa Barbara County, California

The Coast Guard helps the family off the roof where they had been sheltering against the floods

The Coast Guard helps the family off the roof where they had been sheltering against the floods

Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito on Tuesday

Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito on Tuesday

Josie Gower, a mom-of-two, is also missing and feared dead.  Her son-in-law Alastair Haigh said she disappeared from the 1700 block of East Valley Road in the floods and has not been seen since.

Her friend Rebecca Brand, who posted a picture of herself with Gower, said she was 'broken' by the news. 

'I'm broken, my friend Josie Gower is missing. Please say prayers for her safety. #CAstorm #Montecito.'

Local resident Noni Holroyd said that Dr. Montgomery and his daughter were also missing. 

At least 25 people were injured in the mudslides and others were unaccounted for as of Wednesday.

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