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Maya Millette

‘We do have hope,’ says sister of California mom missing for 4 months

California police are still following up on leads in the disappearance of a Chula Vista woman, but so far nothing has led them to the mother of three who was last seen on January 7.

Chula Vista police released updates in their search for 39-year-old Maya Millette, noting that they had given special attention this week to a closed golf course about a mile from the Millete home accessible by a hiking trail, Fox 5 San Diego reported.

Millete vanished on January 7 after video chatting with friends and getting into an argument with her husband, as CrimeOnline previously reported. The missing woman’s sister said she disappeared the same day she scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer.

Police did not say what led them to the new area other than to cite “investigative leads,” according to Fox 5. They also said they’d interviewed 59 people, compiled 31 search warrants, and reviewed dozens of tips.

Maya Millete’s family met privately with detectives on Tuesday, and her sister told Fox 5 it was a productive meeting.

“My heart kind of lifted, a little bit, that we do have hope,” Maricris Drouaillet said after the two-hour meeting. “They have a lot of progress that they have done. They laid out on the table what they plan to do.”

Earlier this month, police served a second warrant at the Millette home and issued a gun violence restraining order on Maya Millete’s husband, Larry Millete, barring him from possession of weapons. Police said that Millete had bought guns after the first search warrant was executed. He also told police he knew they were coming to execute the second and gave his guns to friends to keep them out of the hands of detectives.

Police seized two unregistered assault weapons from Larry Millete’s uncle’s home, but Millete refused to tell officers who he gave other weapons to.

Meanwhile, family and community members have been out nearly every weekend searching for the missing woman.

“It’s been four months now, and that’s a very long time in terms of someone going missing,” Liliana Burke, who doesn’t know Maya but has been helping organize the searches, told KGTV. “Right now, the family just needs as much help as they can get,”

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[Featured image: Maya Millete/Facebook]