Woman reunites mourning daughter with earrings of mom killed in Montecito mudslide disaster

A new Facebook page has been set up, to help those who lost everything in the Montecito mudslides. It's all thanks to the efforts of one woman, whose helping mudslide victims recover lost valuables.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 12:07 PM

A new Facebook page has been set up, to help those who lost everything in the Montecito mudslides.

It's all thanks to the efforts of one woman, whose helping mudslide victims recover lost valuables.

"It was mud soaked and I opened it up and inside of it were a pair of earrings, these gorgeous little blue earrings," said Erin Doherty.

Doherty found these earrings on Butterfly Beach just days after the Montecito disaster.

They belonged to James and Alice Mitchell, who died in the mudslide. The jewelry had been washed away from their Olive Mill home.

Doherty turned to Facebook.

"I posted them on there and they got shared over ten thousand times," she said.

Doherty was able to return the earrings to the Mitchells’ daughter.

"At that point she didn't have anything left from her parents' home," Doherty said.

The find inspired Doherty to start the Montecito disaster lost and found Facebook page.

“People started to post pictures that they found, plaques from people's homes,” she said. “And I say at this point we have a 90 percent success rate returning items."

On Saturday, a group of people returned to butterfly beach.

Digging up the mud to see if they could find any more lost treasures.

"The people that we are giving the items back to are so unbelievably grateful to have one thing," Doherty said.

Besides the earrings, a photo album of the Mitchells was also found.

Doherty is now working on getting it restored and returned to the family.

"People are going to be finding things, quite honestly, for years,” she said.

The mudslides destroyed an estimated 65 homes and damaged more than 450 others.

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