Where is Maya Millete? Family of missing California mom-of-3 holds prayer vigil, says 'we'll bring her home'
Maya's sister Maricris Drouaillet sent a clear message to family, friends and the Chula Vista community at a prayer march, asking everyone to not give up hope on Maya yet
Maya Millete disappeared from her Chula Vista home in California more than three months ago, but her loved ones have continued the fight to bring her justice and hopefully back home someday.
Maricris Drouaillet, sister of the missing mother-of-three, sent a clear message to family, friends and the Chula Vista community at a prayer march and vigil on Sunday, April 11. "We will never give up. We will not lose hope. We will bring Maya home. God is with us. We will move that mountain. We will find Maya," she told them, Fox News reported.
Sunday's vigil was organized by family members of Maya, 39, in conjunction with 'Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People', an activist group that aims to raise awareness about hundreds of women who are reported missing every year. "It's time to call the community together, and it's time for everyone to stay together and stay in this fight. It's time for the Chula Vista Police Department to step up," Teyana Viscarra, who reportedly led a peak run to Mother Miquel Mountain for Maya on Sunday morning, told a charged-up crowd.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, Maya went on to live her adult life in Chula Vista, just south of San Diego. She was last seen at her residence around 5 pm on January 7 and is said to have engaged in an argument with her husband, Larry Millete, before she went missing. Drouaillet had a pointed message for Maya's husband on Sunday, especially after he has not assisted family members in any searches for his wife and stopped cooperating with CVPD's investigation in early February.
"To Larry and the Millete family: for 21 years, Maya has been part of your family. She has been a dedicated wife, a loving mother, a friend, a supporter," Drouaillet said on Sunday. "Now Maya, she's nowhere to be found. 21 years doesn't go away overnight. She didn't just get up, walk away, and vanish into thin air. She loved her kids more than anything in this world. For the last three months, since she's been missing, you have not shown empathy, nor concern for her," the devastated sister continued. "Help us bring your wife home. Help us bring your kids' mother home."
On the day Maya went missing, she sought advice about divorce attorneys in a Facebook group for Chula Vista mothers. Later that day, she also fixed an appointment with a divorce lawyer for the following week, per Fox News.
Speaking to KFMB-TV this week, however, Larry's father Benito Millete said his side of the family is waiting for Maya to come home. "The speculation is Maya, she go by herself, OK?" the embattled grandfather told the station. "The family of Maya is looking for a dead body. We're still waiting."
Larry told San Diego's KGTV-TV just days after his wife went missing that they "had problems this year, up and downs". Meanwhile, it emerged that Maya had ominously warned family and friends in the weeks leading up to her disappearance. "If anything happened to me, it would be Larry," she reportedly told them. However, there are currently no suspects or persons of interest in the case, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.
Maya's family, however, is not planning to give up anytime soon. "We will find answers, we will bring Maya home, and justice will be served," Drouaillet said at Sunday's vigil, Fox News reported.