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Imperial County sand dunes search yields no answers in Chula Vista missing mom case

Posted at 5:09 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 12:37:06-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — It was another disappointing weekend of searching for the family of the missing mom of three from Chula Vista.

The family of Maya Millete spent the weekend searching the sand dunes in Glamis in Imperial County. They searched by helicopter and ATV but did not come up with any leads.

Glamis is roughly two and a half hours away from San Diego. Her family says the 39-year-old mother of three loves going there to ride quads or her dirt bike.

"It just felt like a little grain in the sand, the sand is huge, and you know, I felt like helpless," said Millete's sister, Maricris Drouaillet.

Drouaillet says the last time she saw her sister was when they went camping at the dunes for the New Year holiday.

"We just want to keep on searching and searching we don't want any stones unturned, it's one of those, it's a shooting in the sky type of thing," said Drouaillet.


According to police, Millete's husband, Larry, last saw her at their home in Chula Vista on Jan. 7. Police have not said if a search warrant executed at the home turned up any evidence. Police say he has hired an attorney and is no longer cooperating with investigators.

The family has hired a private investigator.

"Every day that goes by, it's very agony, that we don't have answers, we don't have a lead. The detectives are still in the same place, that we were in a month and a half ago, that's the scariest part, we don't want this case to become a cold case," said Richard Drouaillet.

Millete's car is still at her Chula Vista home. There has been no activity on her bank statements, and her phone goes straight to voicemail. Detectives have said the couple has marital problems and that they had no leads or any indication of foul play.

The family isn't giving up.

"We always say we can move mountains and we believe in miracle," said Maricris.