Maya Millete’s family and friends gathered to celebrate the missing mother’s 40th birthday on Saturday, nearly four months after she disappeared from her home in Chula Vista.
She planned to spend her 40th birthday hiking in the Grand Canyon, but her family will now celebrate her at Fiesta Island Park in San Diego’s Mission Bay.
“Maya – she’s big on birthdays,” her brother, Jay-R Tabalanza, told Fox News. “She always tried to make it everyone’s birthday – nephews, nieces, siblings, especially parents, so we can not miss her birthday now.”
The family has been praying at 5:01 p.m. every day since she disappeared, so they decided to hold a prayer march at 5:01
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It was not just family and friends as members of the community also gathered to support the continued search for Maya.
“I want to thank everyone for continuing to support us,” Maricris said. “We are still blessed in a way and receive solid support from society.
On Sunday, people set out for yet another extensive search in Bonita, California. So on Tuesday, the community is holding a peaceful rally in the Chula Vista Police Department to raise awareness about the disappearance of the Maya.
“It’s been devastating. We haven’t really gotten any leads. We haven’t really gotten much help from the police,” Drouaillet told Fox News on Friday. “We feel like we’re still in the front row.”
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The CVPD announced last week that it has partnered with the FBI, NCIS and the San Diego County District Attorney in the investigation into her disappearance.
Police have conducted 16 search options, interviewed 55 witnesses and reviewed more than 40 tips within the last four months.
Maya was last seen in her home around 6 p.m. 17 on January 7, the same day she got into a fight with her husband, Larry Millete, and made a deal with a divorce lawyer for the following week.
About five hours after Maya disappeared, several powerful bangs, which could be shots, could be heard on the neighbor’s surveillance camera.
Billy Little, a lawyer who works with Maya’s family, told Fox News that less than an hour after the heavy bangs, all three of the couple’s children could be heard playing in the backyard around 6 p.m. 22.30
Larry Millete has not been identified as a person of interest or suspicion in the case. He did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.
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So far, Drouaillet said the family is asking for her safe return.
“We want to be with her again. That’s all we want,” Drouaillet told Fox News on Friday. “It’s been really, really hard for the whole family, but that’s all I want.”