Missing mum’s family furious as police ask for help months after disappearance

The family of a missing California mum are seething after police contacted them asking for their help five months after she originally disappeared.

Maya Millete, a 39-year-old mother-of-three, was last seen on January 7 in her home in Chula Vista, California.

Maricris Drouaillet, Maya's sister, has left her home to help search for her sister. Her husband Richard has joined too, Fox News reports.

Detectives called her family and friends to see if they could help with the investigation.

Sister Maricris said it felt "frustrating to the family" that the police were "just now starting to do that after five or six months of her missing".

Speaking to Fox News TV station in San Diego, she said: "It does feel frustrating to the family that they are just now starting to do that after five or six months of her missing.

"They could have done that at the beginning.

"Now they want to go search these areas that we told them to go search back in January, that those are important areas to search."

Maya's husband Larry was under the spotlight when it was revealed that Maya had booked in to meet a divorce lawyer on the day she was last seen.

She had allegedly told family members days earlier: "If anything happened to me, it would be Larry."

Investigators working on the missing person case spent last month scouring a golf course situated a mile from Maya's home.

When the investigators returned to Maya's family to update them on the work they had been doing, sister Maricris said it rejuvenated her confidence.

Maricris told FOX 5: "'My heart kind of lifted, a little bit, that we do have hope.

"They have a lot of progress that they have done. They laid out on the table what they plan to do."

The first search warrant on the Millete home was executed on January 23. This was 13 days after Maya's family reported her missing.

All of the vehicles belonging to Maya stayed outside her home, but she had not responded to any texts or calls on January 7.

Maya's husband Larry was served a temporary gun violence restraining order on May 5, after police discovered his large arsenal of weapons. Many of which were illegally owned.

The restraining order was issued a week after a photo of Larry's son surrounded by guns was emailed to a police officer.

These weapons included seven AR-15s and three shotguns.

Upon searching Maya and Larry's residence in January in connection with her disappearance, it is reported that Larry told officers he already knew they were coming for his guns and had given them away to his friends.

He refused to tell police the identities of who he had given them to.

The family have spoken out several times since Maya went missing about the crumbling of her marriage with Larry.

Multiple relatives have said she was preparing to file for divorce soon.

Speaking about Larry's behaviour in the interview with Fox News, Richard said: "He was more of an aggressor, trying to get us involved.

"He was trying to get us on his side when we felt like it was a lot of lies that he was telling us."

Richard revealed that Larry had started to send strange and worrying messages to his in-laws in the months leading up to the disappearance.

In September, one of Maya's relatives reportedly received a photo of the couple smothered in what seemed to be drops of blood and candles.

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