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Husband Is Officially 'Person Of Interest' In Missing Mom Case, Which Is Considered A 'Criminal Investigation'

Unsealed court documents reveal that investigators consider Larry Millete to be a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife Maya Millete, who vanished after making an appointment with a divorce lawyer.

By Gina Tron
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Court records made public this week have revealed that investigators are classifying a missing California mom’s husband as a person of interest in the case.

Civil court records related to a gun violence restraining order filed against Larry Millete were unsealed Monday, KFMB-TV in San Diego reports. In the records, the 40-year-old is described as a “person of interest” in the January disappearance of his wife Maya Millete. While documents never refer to her vanishing as a homicide, it is described as a “criminal investigation.”

The Chula Vista police confirmed Larry Millette's status as a person of interest in a statement to Oxygen.com.

Eric Thunberg, a public information officer for the Chula Vista Police Department told Oxygen.com back in May that the department both filed for the restraining order and searched the husband’s home earlier that month.

Maya, 39, was last seen on Jan. 7 at her home in Chula Vista, the same day she scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer. By February, her husband had stopped cooperating with the local police department, officials previously confirmed to Oxygen.com.

As police filed their restraining order request in May, they alleged that Larry was in possession of "illegal assault weapons and unregistered firearms," posing an "extreme danger to the public in both the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego.”

In the request for the restraining order, police stated that out of the 20 guns in his “cache,” only eight are registered to him under California's Automated Firearm System. They also alleged he had since purchased more guns and that he has a total of 18 firearms that are unaccounted for. 

Police also pointed to two photos dated Jan. 9, two days after Maya vanished.

The couple’s 4-year-old son can allegedly be seen "standing on the table surrounded by the same cache of legal and illegal firearms and ammunition” in one of the photographs.

"The child had immediate access to the illegal assault weapons and the fourteen other firearms and ammunition creating a potential extreme danger to the child and those physically present at the home," San Diego Police Detective Justin Garlow wrote in the request.

Larry has maintained that he is innocent and claims he has been unfairly targeted.

Maya disappeared as she was planning her daughter’s 11th birthday celebration. Maricris Drouaillet, Maya’s sister, told local outlet KSWB-TV in March that the party was the priority over divorce talks. Her other two children are 9 and 4.