Anthropologist believes remains of missing California teen have been found three years after mudslide

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By Andy Rose, CNN

An anthropologist believes that the remains of a California 17-year-old who went missing aft deadly mudslides successful 2018 person been recovered 3 years later.

Dr. Danielle Kurin of the University of California, Santa Barbara said successful a forensic study that she is “over 90% definite that these remains are those of Jack Cantin,” according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Cantin was 1 of 23 victims who died successful the Montecito mudslides, a monolithic debris travel caused by the effects of the Thomas Fire, which was the largest wildfire successful California astatine the time.

Among the victims whose remains were recovered was Cantin’s father, David Cantin.

The sheriff’s bureau says the disappearance is inactive considered an unfastened lawsuit arsenic they analyse the anthropologist’s report.

The Thomas Fire burned much than 281,000 acres successful Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. It was 1 of respective wildfires that deed the country successful December 2017 and the Thomas Fire burned into January 2018 earlier it was afloat contained.

Heavy rains deed the area connected January 9, 2018, pouring h2o down hillsides charred by the wildfires, which burned vegetation that different could marque the terrain much resistant to mudslides.

The rainfall unleashed rivers of mud and boulders that plowed done neighborhoods successful and adjacent Montecito, an affluent seaside assemblage eastbound of Santa Barbara. An estimated 65 homes were destroyed and hundreds of others were damaged by the mudslides.

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CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.

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