Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Emergencies officials found a 87-year-old man dead Saturday, increasing the number of people who have died because of the California mudslides to 18.
A statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said the body of the 87-year-old Montecito man was inside his home.
The number of dead could climb as crews search through about 30 square miles of mud and debris in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
On Saturday, the sheriff's office released a statement asking for the public's help in locating several missing people related the Tuesday storm. The list included names and photos of seven people from 2 to 62 years old.
On Friday, the sheriff's department issued a new mandatory evacuation order for an area of Montecito. Officials established the evacuation because foot and pedestrian traffic was impacting the ability of rescue efforts.
The sheriff's department evacuated more than 200 residents and 50 staff members at a Santa Barbara retirement community.