When Maya “May” Millete stopped responding to text messages during a family group chat on January 7, her older sister was not immediately concerned.
Millete, a defense contractor at Naval Station San Diego, was sometimes slow to respond to his six siblings, but the family was planning a trip to a Big Bear cabin for Millete’s daughter’s 11th birthday. Text messages and calls to make arrangements went unanswered.
“May’s and her husband Larry’s phones were off and went straight to voicemail,” Maricris Drouaillet, 47, told the Daily Beast this week. “It was extremely unusual for my sister not to have her phone for so long – let alone turn it off and not be on communication with us at all. Especially since we had planned to go on a trip that day for her daughter’s birthday.
“I just felt like something was wrong,” the RN added.
It wasn’t until Drouaillet’s older brother visited Millete’s home in Chula Vista that the family really started to worry. There, the 39-year-old’s husband said May had locked herself in their room after an argument and had not spoken to him or their three children all day. And while the explanation seemed bizarre, Drouaillet said his brother had finally left the house.
On Saturday, however, when May hadn’t contacted anyone, her family took matters into their own hands. They asked her husband to open the bedroom door.
“The room was empty. There was no sign that anyone had left the room through a window either, ”said Drouaillet, adding that his sister’s car was still in the driveway but her license and credit card were missing. “My first thought was, ‘What the hell is going on? How could she not be home? So we called 911. ”
It has now been two months since Millete’s family reported the California mother’s disappearance – and she is still desperate for answers. The case gained national attention and prompted hundreds of people to volunteer to help her search for her.
But, making matters more difficult, Millete’s husband retained a lawyer last month and stopped cooperating with the police while completely excluding his wife’s family.
“It was a nightmare to wait helplessly and desperately for answers. It’s just amazing and surreal, ”said Drouaillet. “It’s been two months and it’s far too long not to see your children. I can’t imagine how her kids are doing right now… I think I cover my heart and put [up] a wall to cross that. I hope she is still with us and we keep this little hope.