Search Continues For California Missing Mother of 3 May "Maya" Millete

The Chula Police Department said they have worked dozens of tips in this case from around the country. Authorities said they also continue reviewing “multiple items of evidence” and going over “thousands” of pages of data.

April 30, 2021
Photo of May 'Maya' Millete [via Help Find Maya Millete website]

Photo of May 'Maya' Millete [via Help Find Maya Millete website]

Photo of May 'Maya' Millete [via Help Find Maya Millete website]

By: Michelle Sigona

The Chula Vista Police said May "Maya" Millete vanished on January 7, 2021. The 39-year-old mother of three was last seen at her home and she has not answered any text messages or phone calls from anyone. CBS 8 reports the last time anyone saw Maya was that evening around 5:30 p.m. This was the same day she scheduled an appointment with a divorce attorney, reports add.

According to Inside Edition, and family members, Maya was planning to leave her husband Larry Millete of 21 years. According to reports, surveillance footage captured loud “bangs” heard at her home the afternoon she went missing.

Just days before her sister went missing, Maricris says a friend of Maya made a particular comment that stood out to her. The friend reportedly told Maricris that Maya's husband was physically abusive to her.

"It was a statement that she made," Maya's sister recalled: "'Hey, you know if something happened to me, it's gonna be Larry.'"

In early February 2021, Maya's family gave a heartfelt press conference with the police department, begging for people to come forward with information. Maya’s loved ones expressed their love for Maya and their gratitude to investigators for the hard work they've put in so far into this case. Maya's sister Maricris Drouaillet said, "I'm pleading anyone out there, please, anybody, somewhere, somehow, might know where my sister's whereabouts is, please bring her home. Her kids, they need their mom, please help us find my sister."

Investigators confirmed in reports they are looking into the information. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced they are partnering with local station 10 News to assist with this case.

In an April 2021 news release, the Chula Vista Police said they've interviewed 55 people, including family, friends, neighbors and witnesses. They've also completed 16 search warrants in the search to find Maya. A little over two weeks after Maya disappeared, detectives announced they served one of those initial search warrants at Maya's home in the 2400 block of Paseo Los Gatos. The results of that warrant were not made publicly available. The same residence was searched again on April 1, 2021, police added.

On the three-month anniversary of Maya's disappearance, Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy said in a release, "I want to reassure May's family, and our community that she is not forgotten and that bringing her home remains number one priority."

Early on in the case, attorney and retired investigator, Billy Little said he personally spoke to more than 100 people in the case. Little said he turned over all of his findings to police.

Maya's brother-in-law, Richard Drouaillet, said his frustration is mounting: “I feel like it should have been a homicide a long time ago.” Drouaillet adds, “This whole 'her getting up and leaving her kids' would never happen. It’s just so obvious what’s going on, and, unfortunately, it’s too bad that they don’t see it that way.”

Authorities told San Diego’s NBC 7 that Maya’s husband Larry Millete is a witness, "not a suspect," even though he is reportedly not cooperating with the investigation. Millete told the news station, he had "nothing to do with his wife's disappearance."

Another local news outlet, 10 News, spoke with Larry at length. He said, "We had problems this year, up and downs." He added it was a "gut wrenching feeling" when Maya was not present for their child’s birthday.

Chief Kennedy encourages anyone with information about Maya’s disappearance to contact law enforcement directly. "I want to thank those that have reached out with information and tips to our detectives. Cases like this can hinge on the smallest piece of information which may lead to a break in the investigation," the police chief added.

In early April 2021, Maricris said this to NBC 7 about her brother-in-law Larry:"I still love you. You are still the father of my nieces and nephew." Drouaillet’s husband Richard added, "Please come and help us find your wife, the woman that you love, the woman that you protected, the woman you promised to protect and love for your kid's sake."

Maya stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. When she went missing, her hair was longer, straight, and brown. If you know anything at all, please contact the police department directly: 619-691-5151 or CrimeStoppers of San Diego: 888-800-8477.

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