The Latest: Authorities: Number of missing in mudslide now 5

Bill Asher walks through mud in his home damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooz

Bill Asher walks through mud in his home damaged by storms in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooz

A structure damaged from storms is shown in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.  Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and

A structure damaged from storms is shown in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and

A woman and a man stand in front of a structure damaged from storms in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.  Hundreds of rescue workers slogged

A woman and a man stand in front of a structure damaged from storms in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged

Emergency crew members work on storm damage in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep mud and used long

Emergency crew members work on storm damage in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep mud and used long

In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 still image from video, cars and debris that washed to the coast from storms and flooding are shown on a beach in Mon

In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 still image from video, cars and debris that washed to the coast from storms and flooding are shown on a beach in Mon

Alex Broumand of the Montecito Fire Department walks in mud in front of homes damaged from storms in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescu

Alex Broumand of the Montecito Fire Department walks in mud in front of homes damaged from storms in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescu

Large rocks and mud are shown in front of a house in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep

Large rocks and mud are shown in front of a house in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep

The roof of a structure damaged from storms sits over mud and rocks in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.  Hundreds of rescue workers slogged

The roof of a structure damaged from storms sits over mud and rocks in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged

This Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, photo provided by Oprah Winfrey shows Winfrey standing in debris and mud flow as she looks at her neighbors property in

This Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, photo provided by Oprah Winfrey shows Winfrey standing in debris and mud flow as she looks at her neighbors property in

A car sits in flooded water on Highway 101 in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long

A car sits in flooded water on Highway 101 in Montecito, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly debris flows that devastated Montecito, California (all times local):

6:55 a.m.

Southern California authorities say the number of people missing since debris-laden flash floods smashed through the community of Montecito is now five, down from as many as 43 a day earlier.

Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson released the latest number early Friday.

Anderson says the number dropped because people were located, but it could continue to fluctuate greatly.

She says some missing-person reports are rapidly cleared while others take a long time to resolve.

The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 17.

Anderson says the number of personnel searching ravaged neighborhoods has doubled over the past day to 1,250.

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11:31 p.m.

The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice.

The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed.

As their names and those of 14 other victims were released Thursday, crews kept digging through the muck and rubble looking for more people.

Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney said the likelihood is increasing that rescue crews will be finding bodies instead of survivors at this point.

The mudslide swept through the coastal community of Montecito on Tuesday morning, catching many of the victims entirely off-guard.