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Up to 43 people still missing in Montecito; dead include four children

MONTECITO, Calif. - Rescue crews continued to search for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of Montecito's massive debris field on Thursday, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing.

As of Thursday afternoon, up to 43 people were unaccounted for following Tuesday's massive mudflow, though officials said that number is highly fluid.

Earlier in the day, officials placed the number of missing at eight. They increased that number after authorities combed through social media posts and message boards at evacuation

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