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Missing Mom Of 3 Scheduled An Appointment With Divorce Lawyer The Day She Vanished, Sister Says

The day she vanished in January, Maya Millete had apparently begun exploring a divorce from her husband, Larry Millette, who authorities said the next month had stopped cooperating with investigators.

By Gina Tron
Mom Goes Missing Days Before Daughter's 11th Birthday

A missing California mother of three had scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer the day she vanished, her sister says.

Maya “May” Millete, 39, was last seen on Jan. 7 by at her home in Chula Vista and by February, her husband Larry Millete had stopped cooperating with the local police department.

Maricris Drouaillet, Maya’s sister, told local outlet KSWB-TV that on the very day she vanished, Maya had scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer for five days later, an appointment she never made it to.

“According to the divorce lawyer, she wanted to have the birthday celebration first. Her daughter’s birthday celebration was on Sunday, so she wanted to wait,” Drouaillet told the outlet

But Maya disappeared and stopped responding to texts that day while planning for her eldest child's 11th birthday party. Her other two children are 9 and 4.

Drouaillet told KSWB that her sister had also asked her for $10,000 that same week.

The Chula Vista Police Department served a search warrant at Maya and Larry Millette's home in January.  Eric Thunberg, a public information officer for the Chula Vista Police Department told Oxygen.com back in February that Larry “has retained an attorney and isn’t responding to requests.” 

The husband did speak to the media early on in the investigation. He told KSWB in mid-January that he originally thought his wife perhaps wanted some space and time alone.

“Initially, that’s what I thought,” he said. “But as the days go by, it’s very unlikely that that’s it, because she wouldn’t be gone this long. I’m still very hopeful that with all this media coverage, she’ll turn up and say, ‘Hey, I’m okay.’”

He then used the outlet to speak directly to his missing wife: “I love you honey, just come back home.”

Maya’s identification, credit card, and phone are missing, officials have stated. However, her credit card has not been used since her disappearance, and all calls to her phone have gone straight to voicemail.

Drouaillet and her husband Richard have expressed concern that police haven’t been doing enough. 

“It doesn’t add up. They have camera surveillance from all the neighbors,” Richard Drouaillet told KSWB. “They said they have over 100 hours to review, and three months later, you’re still looking at those 100 hours — reviewing those videos. Something’s got to give.”

The police department has not immediately gotten back to Oxygen.com for a response Wednesday. Thunberg told KSWB on Monday that they are working on solving the case. 

“That detective has been working this pretty much full-time since the get-go,” he said.

Thunberg said the case is not considered criminal at this point.

“We still have a missing persons case; we don’t actually have a crime which is thankful, right. That leaves hope that May is found and found safely,” he said, “At this point, I don’t have any information that tells us otherwise, but we’ll continue to pull, like I said, we’ll unravel everything that we can to try to find her.”