Rescuers search Montecito as time runs out for those missing in huge mudslides

In hard hats and gloves, the rescuers inched along the west side of Montecito Creek on Thursday, looking for signs of people buried in the rubble.

A red fluid trickled through the water at a culvert now packed with boulders. Robert Stine, the search manager, marked the spot on a GPS. Later, he’d have a search dog sniff it.

“It could be blood, or it might not be,” Stine said. “We can’t tell.”

About 20 feet down, in the creek, a searcher spotted a piece of a white sock with a blue stripe, caked in mud.


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