Maya 'May' Millete: Missing woman's sister reveals their chilling final call 2 yrs after disappearance
CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA: The case of Maya 'May' Millete, a 39-year-old wife and mother of three who went missing after being last seen on January 7, 2021, prompted a number of searches but even after two years there is no update about her whereabouts. Speaking on it, Maya’s sister Maricris Drouaillet, who quit her job to continue searching for her sister, has now shared her last conversation with Maya and how she remembered feeling panic in the conversation and that something wasn't right.
"That night I called ... and I still remember, like, the panic, the feeling of panic, how something is wrong," Maricris told NBC Sandiego, and also expressed that "Jan 7 is the last time we had any communication with my sister." Talking further about her sister, Maricris said, "My sister is the leader — she is a team lead — and I said I always ask her, 'You have to be with me. I know you want to be found,' and that just kept me going. Any family member of any loved ones would think that they still want them to be with us and be able to find us, whether we find her breathing and alive — that would be a miracle."
'We need to bring awareness'
On Saturday, January 7, a tribute hike was held at Mount San Miguel Park in Chula Vista in honor of the missing Maya, states another report by NBC Sandiego. Maricris said, "The main part that I really want is we need to bring awareness. We still need help. She’s still out there. She’s still missing. We still need the public’s help to find her and bring her home."
Luzzette Manzano, one of the search volunteers, said, "I saw that missing person and I saw there was a group of people coming out. I just felt like I needed to come out here and help, give back and see what I could do."
Husband awaits trial on murder charge
As the search continues, Maya's husband Larry Millete is awaiting trial on a murder charge in connection with her disappearance. Maricris told NBC Sandiego that Larry was the last person to see her sister and how her sister once told the family, "If anything happens to me, it's Larry."
Talking about the trial, Maricris described, "It's heartbreaking to have a family member be on trial. He's still a family member. He was with us for 20 years. I just hope that at this trial we can get some light and more information as to where she can be, and I hope and pray that whoever is responsible for her disappearance will tell us where she is and have a change of heart."
The disappearance of Maya 'May' Millete
January 7, 2021: According to Chula Vista police, Maya, mother of three children, aged 4, 9, and 1, was last seen by her family at her home on Paseo Los Gatos at around 5 pm on January 7. This was two days before the family was planning to travel to Big Bear for her daughter’s birthday, reports NBC Sandiego.
January 9, 2021: At 11.18 pm, Maricris officially report her sister is missing.
January 10, 2021: The search for the missing mother, described as 5 feet, 2 inches, and 105 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, and freckles begins.
February 5, 2021: Family makes emotional pleas to the public. Maricris says, “I'm pleading: Anyone out there, please, anybody, somewhere, somehow might know where my sister's whereabouts. Please, bring her home…her kids, they need their mom. Please, help us find my sister. Anyone out there, if you have any information at all, please help me, help us find my sister. And from the bottom of our hearts, please, we thank you, we thank you, and we thank you.”
July 22, 2021: More than six months after her disappearance and multiple search warrants of her house, the Chula Vista Police Department named her husband Larry a person of interest in the case.
October 19, 2021: Larry gets arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.
December 6, 2022: Judge Dwayne Moring confirms both sides are ready to move forward with the preliminary hearing which will begin on January 11, 2023, at the Central Courthouse in Downtown San Diego.
Anyone with information on Maya’s whereabouts can reach out to detectives at (619) 691-5139 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.