Southern California mudslides: 17 dead, others missing

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( CNN) The founder of a Catholic academy is among the 17 beings killed in deadly mudslides and inundating in Southern California. Hundreds of rescuers and dogs prolonged searching for people Wednesday, slogging through dirt and junk.

Roy Rohter, 84, and his wife, Theresa, were cleaned from their Montecito home, the headmaster said. Theresa was extricated, said Michael Van Hecke, headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, which Rohter founded in 1994.

Authorities have not sanctioned the names of the dead. Children are among the victims, said Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason.