Search continues for Chula Vista Fil-Am mom missing for almost 2 months

May “Maya” Millete

THE search for the missing Filipina American mother of three in Chula Vista, California continues, nearly two months after her sudden disappearance.

A group of people looking for May “Maya” Millete on Tuesday, February 23, put up a billboard on Main Street between Hilltop Drive and 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista to raise more awareness on the case.

“Maybe somebody will see it and will know where she is,” Amber Patterson, a member of a Facebook group dedicated to finding Millete, told Fox5 San Diego.

“Having her face up there and having everybody see it brings light to the story and what’s happening,” she added.

Millete, a 39-year-old civilian Navy employee, is described as 5-foot-2 and about 105 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, freckles and a wrist tattoo.

She was last seen by family at her home in the San Miguel Ranch area on January 7 and was reported missing two days later.

That Saturday, the family was planning a trip to Big Bear Mountain Resort for her daughter’s 11th birthday, but Millete was never heard from, as previously reported by the Asian Journal.

May “Maya” Millete (2nd from left) with her husband Larry (2nd from right) and their three children ages 11, 9 and 4. | Photo courtesy of Millete family

Her husband, Larry, reportedly thought Millete was asleep in a bedroom, but then he found the room empty, according to various reports.

In addition to her 11-year-old, she has children ages 9 and 4.

“She’s an amazing mom. She has three wonderful kids and it’s her life…she wouldn’t leave her kids this way,” Milette’s sister Maricris Drouaillet previously told the Asian Journal.

Members of the Facebook group called “Missing Maya Millete Discussion and Theories” are still relentless in their pursuit to help Millete’s family find her.

“Printing fliers, getting banners donated, getting a billboard, whatever they need. We want to try to make it happen without them having to do anything,” said Patterson.

She recently reached out to the advertising company Lamar, which operates billboards and signs across the U.S.

“Everything was included from start to finish, all we had to do was just give the information we wanted on the billboard and include pictures,” Patterson said.

She added, “Just having her face up there and having everybody see it, it brings light to the story and what’s happening.”

Millete’s family has previously held community searches and vigils, and has posted flyers in the neighborhood and in the greater San Diego area. They have set up a Facebook page “Find May/Maya Millete” and encourage others to say a prayer at 5:01 p.m. — her birthday is May 1 — until she is found. A GoFundMe page has raised nearly $13,000 to help with the search.

Anyone with information on Millete’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5139 or San Diego Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Ritchel Mendiola
Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a staff writer and reporter for the Asian Journal. You can reach her at ritchel.mendiola@asianjournalinc.com.

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