Sheriff's Message


Public Assistance to Identify Guitar Theft Suspect

On Friday 1/12/18 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the male suspect in the provided surveillance video entered the Living Space Church in the 4500 block of Hollister Ave. While staff was busy teaching the membership of the Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, the suspect entered one of the music equipment rooms, stole a guitar and fled… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

UPDATED: Orellana was arrested on 1-21-18 and is currently in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Niki Orellana is wanted on a $100,000.00 felony warrant charging her with failure to appear after posting bail related to a vehicle theft arrest. Orellana is described as 5-6, 125 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes…. Read more »

Heartfelt Message from the Cantin Family

We are heart-broken at the loss of my dear husband David Cantin. Dave lit up our world with an infectious smile behind which was a man who was led by his values of faith, family and a goal to make a difference. I could not have had a more loving, kind, and devoted husband. Our… Read more »

Missing Person Located Safely in Ventura with Dog

The Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that 53-year-old John “Jack” Keating has been located safely in Ventura with his dog “Tiny” and is no longer on our active missing persons list.  Keating is a transient and turns out was in Carpinteria and not Montecito during the storm.  Sheriff’s detectives are following up on all… Read more »

Search Continues for Four Missing Persons in Montecito

As of 6:30 p.m. tonight, January 14, 2018, there are four active missing persons cases related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in Montecito.  The list decreased from five to four cases after 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa nicknamed “Oom” was located deceased at 3:45 p.m. yesterday, January 13, in the area of Hot Springs Road… Read more »

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 20

The number of casualties from the January 9, 2018 storm and subsequent mudslides/flooding that occurred has risen to 20.  At approximately 3:45 p.m. on January 13, 2018, 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa was located deceased in the area of Hot Springs Road near Olive Mill Road during search and recovery efforts.  A positive identification was made this… Read more »

An Important Message from Our District Attorney

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley joins other County officials in expressing her grief, as well as her commitment to support the search and rescue efforts of Santa Barbara County’s first responders. “What has befallen our County is almost incomprehensible and for those first responders seeking to search for and rescue victims, it is almost unspeakable”… Read more »

Search Continues for Five Missing Persons in Montecito

 As of 8:00 p.m. on January 13, 2018 there are five active missing persons cases related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in Montecito. The list decreased from seven people to five today following the discovery of 25-year-old Morgan Corey who was found deceased during search and recovery efforts.  62-year old Delbert Weltzin was… Read more »

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 19

The Sheriff’s Office is saddened to report that at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, January 13, 2018, 25-year-old Morgan Christine Corey was found deceased in an area east of Olive Mill Road.  We ask that your thoughts and prayers be with her family and friends who are already mourning the loss of Morgan’s 12-year-old sister… Read more »

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 18

We are saddened to report that today, January 12, 2018, another victim was located in Montecito bringing the total number of casualties from this tragic incident to 18 decedents.  87-year-old Joseph Francis Bleckel of Montecito was located deceased around 11:30 a.m. inside his residence.  We want to express our heartfelt condolences to his family and… Read more »

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