The California mother-of-three who has been missing for a month had been arguing with her husband during a family trip camping in the desert just days before her disappearance, according to the woman’s sister and brother-in-law.
Maricris Drouaillet and her husband, Richard, said that Larry and Maya ‘May’ Millete had been arguing over a Jeep Wrangler that they had brought with them on a family camping trip to the Glamis Sand Dunes in California over the New Year holiday.
The 39-year-old mother was last seen at her Chula Vista home by family on January 7 at around 5pm.
In an interview with DailyMail.com, Maricris – the oldest of six siblings – said their large family had been planning to take a trip up to the mountains to go snowboarding for Maya’s daughter’s 11th birthday before Maya disappeared.
The sister and brother-in-law of Maya May Millete say that she and her husband Larry (pictured) had been arguing over a Jeep Wrangler that the couple brought with them on a family trip to the Glamis Sand Dunes in California over the New Year holiday
Richard and Maricris pictured. Richard said of the couple: ‘They argued a lot and it was a little bit uncomfortable. It was weird because Larry was acting different. He wasn’t acting like Larry. He was acting different…They were done. The relationship was done. You could just tell’
‘At that time, they should have been packing,’ Maricris said, adding that Maya would have sent a message to their group chat if the trip had been cancelled or changed.
Maricris had previously shared with local reporters that Larry had retained a lawyer and was no longer cooperating with police in their investigation into the disappearance. She also told reporters that the couple had been arguing in the days leading up to Maya’s disappearance.
‘For a year or two, it has been kind of rocky relationship,’ she said of her sister’s marriage with Larry. ‘They even tried marriage counseling.’
‘When we do have a get together they would be there arguing… and then another time, they would be close again. Like oh ok, they worked it out. So it had been like that for the last year.’
Richard added: ‘They argued a lot and it was a little bit uncomfortable. It was weird because Larry was acting different. He wasn’t acting like Larry. He was acting different… They were done. The relationship was done. You could just tell.’
Richard describes Larry as ‘always quiet’ on the trips, typically staying near the camp or with his car ‘in his own business.’
‘He was always quiet but on this last trip he was having fun and he was having a lot of fun but with her vehicle,’ Richard stated.
‘During the day, he wasn’t really at the camp. He was always driving around and then he would come and ask her a question and then they would argue. Not argue in front of the family but you could tell that there was no communication between them. No positive communication between them.’
Maya (second from the right) and Maricris (left) pictured with their siblings
‘She was having a good time but I know that in the back of her mind she just wanted her Jeep. She was becoming a different person and starting a new chapter,’ Richard said of Maya (pictured)
Both Richard and Miracris noted that Larry had been having a lot of fun with the Jeep Wrangler, which had been purchased by the mother.
‘He was having more fun than my sister considering it was my sister’s Jeep,’ Miracris said. ‘He wanted to take the Jeep and he wanted to drive it and my sister wanted to drive it. So they had been arguing about that.’
Richard added: ‘You would think that they would have ridden together but that never happened. The relationship was done. She wanted to get out of the relationship.
‘She was having a good time but I know that in the back of her mind she just wanted her Jeep. She was becoming a different person and starting a new chapter.’
Since retaining a lawyer, Larry has only let Maricris and members of her family see the three children once, this past Monday
Maricris and Richard expressed their grief over Maya’s disappearance and the lack of time they have had with the couple’s children, their nieces and nephew.
Since retaining a lawyer, Larry has only let Maricris and members of her family see the three children once, this past Monday.
‘Larry has not been, again, responding to our text messages or answering our phone calls,’ Maricris said. ‘So we got worried… Me and my sister-in-law went to go check on the kids Monday and to make sure that they were ok and that was a lot.’
May ‘Maya’ Millete was last seen at her Chula Vista home by family on January 7 at around 5pm
Maricris shared that the pair mostly chatted with Larry’s father and with the children, who acted ‘distant.’
‘It was awkward and it was weird,’ she said. ‘The kids they were very distant. They used to be excited to see us. Especially the young one, her four year old. He would be excited and give me a hug and come running to me to give me a hug. We were calling each other our bff.
‘But this time they just kind of looked and didn’t give me a hug.’
And while they shared that Larry’s family hasn’t assisted them much in the search for May, they don’t have ill feelings towards them.
‘I don’t want to cut ties with them,’ she said. ‘I don’t want to burn bridges. They are still family.’
Maricris and her husband struggle with finding words to describe how the disappearance has impacted them. The family has launched a GoFundMe to help raise money for the search.
Richard said: ‘We’re all sad and just want our sister back… To find her and bring her home. Everyday that goes by just breaks us down a little bit more.’
May ‘Maya’ Millete was last seen at her Chula Vista home by family on January 7 at around 5pm, according to a January 24 police report from the Chula Vista, California, Police Department.
Police were called to her family’s Paseo Los Gatos home on January 10 and informed that the mother was missing. They have been investigating her disappearance ever since.
The 39-year-old mother missed her daughter’s 11th birthday, which family said was ‘unusual’
Police were called to her family’s Paseo Los Gatos home on Jan. 10 and informed that the mother was missing. Family noted that it was ‘extremely unusual’ that the mother would miss her daughter’s 11th birthday
They said that all of Maya’s vehicles were at the home but noted that the last time she responded to a text was on January 7.
Authorities served a search warrant to the address on Jan. 23, hoping to get insight as to Maya’s whereabouts.
The mother is described as being 5’2″ and 105lbs with brown hair. She is said to have tattoos of musical notes and hummingbird
Her family has launched a number of pages dedicated to finding the mother of three – originally from the Philippines.
They’ve also send fliers around the local community in hopes they’ll get some information as to her whereabouts. The family shared that it was ‘highly unusual’ that Maya would miss her daughter’s upcoming 11th birthday.
While the family searched the local community for Maya, Larry is said to have gone into hiding with his children and is reported as keeping them away from their mother’s family
‘We can’t imagine him doing anything to our sister,’ Drouaillet added
But they noted that the woman’s husband of 21 years, Larry, has been noticeably absent from the search parties.
Maricris Drouaillet, Maya’s older sister, told NBC 7 that she was shocked to learn that Larry had retained a lawyer and was no longer cooperating with the police investigation. Larry is even reported as having turned off his cellphone during the search for Maya.
A pile of stickers asking for information on the missing mother is pictured
‘It’s tough, because he is our family,’ the concerned sister asserted.
Larry was the last person seen with Maya and the two had just had an argument, the sister shared. Drouaillet added that recently, Larry was ‘distancing’ himself and the couple’s three children from their mother’s side of the family.
‘We can’t imagine him doing anything to our sister,’ Drouaillet added.
Drouaillet, who has not spoken with Larry, said that she would ask him to help the family find Maya if she could get a hold of him.
She pleaded: ‘Show that you do care for my sister. Show that you do love her. That’s all I’m asking.’
Drouaillet told DailyMail.com that the family was headed to the Chula Vista Police Department to have a peaceful protest in hopes of getting more resources directed at finding Maya.
Larry was the last person seen with Maya and the two had just had an argument, the sister said
The mother is described as being 5’2″ and 105lbs with brown hair. She is said to have a tattoos of musical notes and hummingbird