This past Saturday, I joined the Maya Millete family and volunteer searchers in Glamis to continue looking for Maya. Many searchers, including myself, got up at 4:15 a.m. to drive the 167 miles to this desert location. Maya has now been missing for 10 months and her family is desperate to find her. They are determined to bring her home so her three young children will know the truth.
Maya’s husband, Larry, was arrested on October 19, 2021, and charged with her murder. As the case now moves into the criminal court, the family is searching every weekend. They chose Glamis as the entire Millete clan celebrated New Year’s here just days before Maya went missing. According to Richard, Maya’s brother-in-law, Larry would disappear for three hours at a time on this trip, just telling the family he was out and about when questioned regarding these outings. Richard did not think anything of it at the time, but now with the terrible developments in the case, he is left to wonder.
The weekend effort concentrated on searching desert washes, where the sand is more pliable. We caravanned down a rugged dirt road (think off-roading), on an 18 mile stretch ultimately leading to the Mammoth Wash. Searchers stopped continuously to comb through the desert land. As it has been revealed Larry had his four-year-old son with him the day he is alleged to have disposed of Maya’s body, search efforts remained close to the roadway.
Where is Maya Millete? Though the answer to that haunting question remains a mystery, what is certain is the land is vast and the task daunting. The family continues to pray for a miracle.
On October 19, 2021, San Diego County District Attorney, Summer Stephan, made an open appeal to the public to report any sighting from January 8, 2021, of a black Lexus SUV with personalized license plates “MAYLANI.” Larry was driving this vehicle the day he is charged with dumping his wife’s body. It is hoped sighting of the vehicle can narrow the search effort.
Here are videos from the Glamis search and my interview with Maya’s sister, Maricris, and Maricris’ husband, Richard:
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