The husband of Maya Millete has been named a ‘person of interest’ in the California mom-of-three’s disappearance more than six months on from when she was last seen.
The Chula Vista Police Department released a statement Thursday confirming Larry Millete as a person of interest and said that no further information would be released at this time, due to ‘the sensitivity of the case and to protect the integrity of the investigation.’
Maya, 39, vanished on January 7 from the home in Chula Vista that she shares with her husband and their three children aged 4, 10 and 11. She was reported missing three days later.
Speculation quickly started to mount about her husband Larry after it emerged Maya set up a meeting with a divorce attorney on the day she was last seen.
Maya’s family have also claimed she confided in them days earlier that ‘if anything happened to me, it would be Larry.’
Larry was served with a gun violence restraining order in May after cops discovered an arsenal of illegal weapons during one of the searches of the family home.
The husband of Maya Millete has been named a ‘person of interest’ in the California mom-of-three’s disappearance more than six months on from when she was last seen. Larry Millete and Maya Millete pictured together
The latest development in the case emerged during a court hearing Wednesday relating to the unsealing of records over the restraining order.
San Diego Deputy City Attorney Jeff Brooker first named Larry as a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance in the open court in San Diego.
‘We agreed that we would not put up a fight for any of the information regarding Mr. Millete, his missing wife, that there is an investigation, that he is a person of interest,’ he said.
The hearing came after News8 requested for the gun violence restraining order records to be unsealed.
San Diego County Superior Court Judge Katherine A. Bacal also ordered for the records to be made public with the exception of a photo of the couple’s four-year-old son which will be heavily redacted.
The photo shows the boy standing on a kitchen table surrounded by 16 guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, four US passports and a government ID.
It was taken in January 2020 and was emailed to a police officer during the missing person case.
The photo led officers to issue Larry with the gun violence restraining order.
‘There’s nothing to be gained by showing and viewing a child themselves, even the body, even the t-shirt, or the shirt that they’re wearing and I agree with you,’ said Bacal.
The court also heard there is an ongoing investigation by San Diego County Child Welfare Services into the safety of the Millete children, reported News8.
Maya, 39, (pictured) vanished on January 7 from the home in Chula Vista that she shares with her husband and their three children aged 4, 10 and 11
It emerged Maya set up a meeting with a divorce attorney on the day she was last seen. Maya, Larry and their three children
The records had been sealed temporarily when law enforcement slapped Larry with a temporary gun violence restraining order on May 5.
Officials said that Larry owned a total of 22 weapons, including seven AR-15s and three shotguns, of which only eight were legally registered to him.
When police searched the Millete residence in January in connection with Maya’s disappearance, her husband was said to have told officers that he knew they were coming for his guns and gave multiple firearms to friends.
He then refused to name those in possession of his guns.
By the time the restraining order was issued, police had recovered only two semi-automatic weapons belonging to Larry.
In the months since Maya went missing her relatives have spoken out several times about how her marriage to Larry was unraveling and she was preparing to file for divorce.
In April, it emerged that Maya had shared a post in a Facebook group for mothers on the same day she vanished claiming she was seeking advice on a local family law firm on behalf of ‘a friend’.
In May cops searched this area – a golf course that shut down in 2018 and sits about a mile from Maya’s home
Dozens of searches have been conducted for Maya in the months since she vanished
‘Asking for a friend – Has anyone used or have gone through the services of collaborative practice San Diego for divorce? Looking for insights? Positive/negative aspect?’ she wrote, according to Fox News.
She eventually made an appointment with divorce lawyer Marisa Nahale for the following week, but went missing before they could meet.
In May, Maya’s older sister Maricris told Fox News her sibling had been considering leaving her husband over the last year.
‘I think she was ready in December, and then she finally decided to file that divorce that day,’ she said.
Maricris’ husband Richard had previously said that the last time he and his wife saw Maya was on a camping trip shortly before she vanished, during which she warned them: ‘If anything happened to me, it would be Larry.’
In a new interview with Fox News, Richard explained that Larry and Maya’s marriage began falling apart months earlier, and claimed that Larry repeatedly reached out to his wife’s family about their problems.
‘He was more of an aggressor, trying to get us involved,’ Richard said of Larry.
‘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 recalled how Larry had called him asking for advice about his marriage last summer.
‘He just sounded desperate, you know, ‘You gotta listen to me. It’s her fault, it’s her fault,” Richard said.
The Millete home (pictured) has been searched several times over the course of the investigation
TIMELINE OF MAYA MILLETE’S DISAPPEARANCE
January 7, 2020: Maya Millete is last seen at her home in Chula Vista the same day she was scheduled to meet with a divorce attorney.
January 10: Maya’s family visits her home and speaks to her husband Larry before reporting her missing.
January 23: Police execute their first search warrant at the Millete home.
April 1: Police search the home of Larry’s aunt and uncle in San Diego and seize several boxes of evidence – including six rifles.
April 21: The FBI, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and Naval Criminal Investigative Service join the Chula Vista Police Department’s investigation.
May 5: Larry is served with a temporary gun violence restraining order after cops discovered his arsenal of weapons, many of them illegally owned.
May 7: Police search the Millete home a second time.
May 19: Police announce a new search of an abandoned golf course a mile from the Millete home.
July 22: Police confirm Larry Millete is a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance
He said that Larry began sending increasingly bizarre messages to his in-laws in the months that followed.
In September he allegedly sent on of Maya’s relatives a photo that showed a picture of the couple covered in what appeared to be drops of blood and four candles.
‘He did some extreme s**t,’ Richard said.
Maya’s relatives also told Fox News that they’ve been cautious about speaking out because they’re afraid of Larry.
An anonymous source claimed to Fox News in April that Larry suspected his wife of having an affair, and that he offered to pay a hit man $20,000 to kill the man last summer.
The source said Larry was still talking about it in January, in the days before Maya went missing, and that he seemed ‘pretty serious’ about it.
Investigators have also searched the family home multiple times since Maya disappeared and dozens have searches have been held.
In May, investigators spent a week scouring the site of a golf course that shut down in 2018 and sits around a mile from Maya’s home.
Police did not specify what lead them to search the golf course. Aerial images show the area includes a small body of water, sand traps from the old course and a large empty parking lot.
It is flanked by hills with hiking trails to the north, a neighborhood to the south and empty fields on either side.
Police executed their first search warrant at the Millete home on January 23, 13 days after Maya’s family visited her home, spoke to her husband and reported her missing.
All of Maya’s vehicles were outside her home, but they noted that she had not responded to a text since January 7.
Maya is described as being 5’2′ and 105lbs with brown hair. She has tattoos of musical notes on her clavicle and a tattoo of a hummingbird on her back.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-847.