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Search for missing Chula Vista mom continues near Spring Valley Swap Meet

Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 01:00:55-05

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - Maya Millete was last seen in Chula Vista Jan. 7 and as of Feb. 21, there has been no sign of her, but her family isn’t giving up hope.

Since she went missing, her sister and brother-in-law have hosted search parties in and around San Diego County, looking in places Maya used to visit. On Sunday, Feb. 21, a community member hosted a search in Spring Valley.

Lauren Ireland said she doesn’t know Maya, but has been following the story of the missing mom of three who vanished in January.

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Lauren said she was hiking in Spring Valley and wondered if there might be clues there. She said it’s an area where there are some trails but it tends to be empty, so suspicious activity could be hidden. It’s also near the Spring Valley Swap Meet, and Maya loves swap meets. Plus, it’s not too far from Maya’s home.

Family and strangers alike combed through the rocky terrain, searching a riverbed for any clue.

Maya’s sister Maricris said searches like this mean checking boxes for places they’ve looked and keeping Maya’s name at the front of people’s minds.

“It’s seven weeks now so it’s getting heavier and heavier and more painful every day that we can’t find her,” said Maricris, adding that they will continue these search parties until Maya is found.

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Maya Millete, 39, was last seen by her family on Jan. 7, at around 5 p.m., at her home on Paseo Los Gatos in east Chula Vista’s San Miguel Ranch area. She was reported missing on Jan. 10, according to police.

Police said there are currently no persons of interest in the investigation. Police served a search warrant on Millete’s home, but there was no word on whether any key evidence was found. Maricris said the FBI has been consulted, which she hopes will bring more attention and resources to the investigation.

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Larry Millete, Maya’s husband, was the last person who saw her, police said. Investigators said Larry retained an attorney and has stopped speaking with police. In early January, he told ABC 10News that he is grateful for police’s efforts and he is focused on finding his wife.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call CVPD at 619-691-5151 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.