CA CA - Maya Millete, 39, missed daughter's birthday, Chula Vista, 7 Jan 2021 #2

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  1. insearchoflight

    insearchoflight Well-Known Member

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    I haven’t heard of a single case (there may be some, but none I’ve followed) where the children are removed from their father when mom is missing. Not until father is arrested then the children are removed to be cared for elsewhere.

    It’s a sad and scary situation but think if your spouse was missing and then in addition to that trauma, your children are removed from the home.

    I truly hope they are safe as this is already a heartbreaking thing to go through losing your mom. Hope it is not a josh Powell situation.
     


  2. MrsWatson

    MrsWatson Moira Rose's Wigs

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    Very valid points, @Curious Me.

    I didn't expect that the children would be taken from their home, but it is a worrying situation because they are so young and I always have the Susan Powell case in the back of my mind. I just hope someone is keeping a close eye on the children. I find it especially concerning that he has pulled back from Maya's family and the children acted stand-offish.

    I would hope the police family liaison officer has offered counseling for them. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic. Also, offering is one thing. The kids actually going is another. If my spouse was missing and I was involved or even hiding something else big, the last place I would want my young children is at a counselor.

    MOO
     
  3. Teche

    Teche Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry you had to insure horrible circumstances as a child. Thank you for sharing. Hugs.
     
  4. ziggystarshay

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    I've been following this case since early on, and have read every post you have all contributed, such thoughtful insight you have all shared! I have tried to keep an open mind throughout, and truly try to consider any other possibility other than LM having contributed to MM going missing. That said, I generally follow Occam's razor theory, in that the simplest explanation is likely the truth. But where IS she?! It's beyond frustrating and puzzling...and the 'beach trip' with their son on Friday is certainly the most blatant red flag. Just all of it..the locked bedroom door and the rustling downstairs, and LM's weird theories..

    This case has so many similarities and parallels to the local case I have been pursuing and investigating. Sadly, mine is an almost 20 year old cold case. But with none of the technology of today, ring doorbells, cell phone data, etc..I keep hoping MM will be found and somehow that will help my quest in finding out what happened to Sharon Shechter - missing and presumed murdered mother of 3, who left to go pick up her kids from her estranged husband's home and 'never arrived'. Her heavily bloodied van was found 3 days later at a nearby hotel, at which time the husband lawyered up and stopped cooperating with authorities. He then began distancing the kids from their grandmother and his wife's family (much like LM). Their divorce was to be finalized three weeks after she went missing..

    I don't mean to take anything away from MM, I'm trying to use her case and all of your thoughts and suggestions as fuel for mine. It's so beyond sad, and the poor children who are the innocent victims in these cases, who then have to carry this with them for the rest of their lives. And also the likely brainwashing and manipulation.. Sadder, even, is that MM and Sharon's cases are nothing new or unordinary, really. I'm SO glad to see that MM's family has not given up and have continued with the media coverage, speaking out and ground searches, good for them. I hope for their sake and the kids they have answers soon and some type of conclusion..so it is not cold on a shelf 20 years from now. Positive vibes to all, and keep up the great work everyone, I love this community - you're rockstars!
     
  5. swedeheart

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    ‘I don’t think it’s that strange that during this pandemic, that 2 kids that age would be left alone all day. Right now with the schools being strictly online in many districts in California that there are many kids being left at home alone when single parents or both parents work. Although May might have been teleworking, it could be that she was only teleworking part time. Not sure whether LM was teleworking or not.
     
  7. JakeB911

    JakeB911 Well-Known Member

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    Incredible interview by Chris McDonough this past evening. The most concrete details I’ve ever heard about this case since the beginning.

    boy it is tough to not point fingers as an investigator or family member. Great interview.

    moderator. Feel free to delete this if I’ve shared too much. All of this was deduced from the interview. If anything, observations and not personal opinion.

    clear facts

    1. Larry is not cooperating, has not spoken to the family for weeks and has provided the family with zero reason why.

    2. Last time that Maya was reported to be seen was Thursday evening (only reported by the kids)

    3. Maya and Larry’s phones were off on Friday

    4. Larry was out for most of the day Friday

    5. Mayas phone has disappeared

    6. Family has been in touch with detective every other day

    7. The kids have been questioned by authorities

    8. Not all missing persons cases get search warrants on home. And not common in situations where folks are cooperating.

    Observations shared by viewers and investigator

    1. Police know when both Larry and Mayas phone went off. Likely was part of the sealed evidence to obtain a search warrant for the house.
    2. Based on the family responses, The family indeed has concerns about Larry
    3. Homicide investigator mentioned that If Larry was innocent, his lawyer should be encouraging him to get in front of media as much as possible as we’ve seen in past homicide / missing persons cases.
    4. Larry is a person of interest. Just not officially stated.
     
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  8. Curious Me

    Curious Me Long-Time Member from back in the day

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    They're going to keep the searches going for Maya. Her sister and BIL don't even live in the San Diego area, and have put so much time and energy into finding Maya. So beautiful are all the searchers, all the supporters, and all the people on this thread caring. Prayers for her family to stay strong.

    Missing Chula Vista mom Maya Millete: Volunteers search Spring Valley Swap Meet trails (fox5sandiego.com)

    “We’re not from here. We live in Riverside County,” Richard Drouaillet said. “So when we talk to people, or they reach out to us, it’s a blessing from God, you know, that people are here together as a team, as a family.”

    Search for missing Chula Vista mom continues near Spring Valley Swap Meet (10news.com)
    Lauren Ireland said she doesn’t know Maya, but has been following the story of the missing mom of three who vanished in January. Lauren said she was hiking in Spring Valley and wondered if there might be clues there. She said it’s an area where there are some trails but it tends to be empty, so suspicious activity could be hidden. It’s also near the Spring Valley Swap Meet, and Maya loves swap meets. Plus, it’s not too far from Maya’s home.
     
  9. wary

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    I agree. Foster care? It’s not a panacea. Consider that right now there’s a case being discussed vigorously in Websleuths, where there’s serious suspicion that the foster parents are at fault in the disappearance of children.
     
  10. Acorunadepor

    Acorunadepor ''There is fire where you are going."

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    Homicide investigator mentioned. That just gives me the chills. I think LE was surprised but at the same time not really surprised by Larry already taking the 5th.
     
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    Must say that Larry displays more and more worrisome behaviours.

    - he's uncooperative;
    - he's not looking for Maya;
    - he is isolating his kids from Maya's family;
    - he himself is not talking to the family.

    I get here some heavy Powell vibes too and just hope someone is watching the situation carefully, so it won't develop into a horror.
     
  12. kkdj

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    Hi. Just talkin quinky-dinks on a Monday....

    The Martinez case happened in *San Diego area* 2017,
    her remains found 2018, judge dismissed case against the husband in 2019. Husband admitted he argued with her.(She had told people the marriage was over ) According to him, she took off on foot with no car, nothing ...he said, a walk to cool off. Husband drove away next day ( her body allegedly in trunk) with his five yr old that he dropped off at his parents. Then he allegedly traveled 2 1/2 hours, dumped her body (trash bag) in mountains.
    Such parallels IMO. Could a local perp read about and remember this outcome?
    That’s if a perp mentioned (in phone interview) reading & watching about crimes and how things work. I always wondered if Scott Peterson based his evil plan on a pregnant woman who was kidnapped for her baby ...coupled with a woman’s body was (previous Laci )found washed up on the beach in northern CA.



    MOO
    “Divorce was always an option, not murder!” ~ Sharon Rocha
     
  14. PayrollNerd

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    I keep thinking about the two girls being questioned about their mom and how sad that must have been for them. If I understand correctly, a parent has to give consent for the child to be questioned alone. Were they interviewed together or separately? Did their parent stay in the room?

    In the beginning, what were the children told to say? We all know they’re being influenced by those closest to them. Them being standoffish to moms family so soon is proof of that, IMO. Now they must be feeling like they’re walking on eggshells. Worried they’ll upset their remaining parent and lose him too.

    In 1969, when I was 7, someone knocked on the door. I opened it and 2 tall men in suits stood there. One man said “Why aren’t you in school?” I just looked at him and shut the door. I went to my moms room to see if she was there. She was passed out. I woke her up and asked her what to do. She said to tell them I was sick. I was not sick.

    I opened the door and they were still standing there. I said “I’m sick.” I shut the door, went back in my moms room and asked her who they were. She said Truant Officers and don’t open the door anymore. It was many years later before I realized what was going on back then.

    My point being, those girls said exactly what they were told to say. JMO
     
  15. Lusitana

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    Yeah... if you say it like that. But you have to look at the bigger picture.

    They were supposedly left alone at home, without knowing where either parent was and without the means to contact them. And then, their mom goes missing.
     
  16. NCHydrangea

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    I found this very interesting.
    Time stamp 1:09:20 on the live:
    (Commenter): “Is NCIS investigating?”

    excerpt from Chris’s response:
    “.......there’s some other situation going on involving folks in the Navy.......if they’re doing a parallel investigation because of what her work function is, that is a possibility.........”

    MOO
     
  17. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    ^^rsbm

    I'm not familiar with this case. Why did Judge dismiss the case against the husband? Dismissed with or without prejudice? Was there insufficient evidence at the time to proceed with charges?

    (A case dismissed without prejudice means the husband can still face criminal charges).

    ETA:

    Take note the Martinez case (Maria Elena Guzman, victim) a perfect example of why LE/DA are silent on MM case -- protecting the integrity of the investigation, and not racing to name/charge a suspect.

    DA only gets one bite at the apple, and for the Guzman case, they obvisouly filed before ready and now they are prevented from prosecuting Martinez even if he confesses or more evidence surfaces. Nobody ever wants this result. Patience is golden.

    Mid-trial, judge dismisses case against Vista husband accused of killing his wife
     
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  18. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    Kids Home Alone? Distance Learning, Parents, And Safety - San Bernardino County District Attorney.

    ARE THEY OLD ENOUGH?

    First, check with your local city to see if any local ordinances are specifying at which age a child may be left alone. In California, there is no specific law regarding the age a child may be left home alone. Factors should be taken into account, such as the maturity and emotional level of the child, and any medical or psychological issues or disabilities have to be considered.
     
  19. Tink56

    Tink56 MOO...IMO

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    This is from the CA Department of Education updated January 21, 2021. Parts are BBM.
    LE may know the answers to these questions, but it is most concerning to me that the children's phones were blocked from Maya's family. I hope that the girls had access to LM or a neighbor. Eleven hours is a long time for children 11 and 9 to be cut off from all communication. IMO

    ARE THEY OLD ENOUGH?

    The CA Departmet of Education has additional guidelines. (updated January 21, 2021) Here's a few with parts BBM:
    • Will you or another adult always be available to your child in case of an emergency?
    • Is a neighbor home to help if needed?
    How would your child handle:
    • Strangers on the telephone or at the door?
    • Being locked out of the house? Fire?
    • Arguments with a sister or brother?
    • An insect bite or a skinned knee?
    Before your child stays home alone, write out the house rules and put them in an easy-to-find place. Let your child know that he may change his mind and go back to after-school care if he chooses. Decide on a trial period to iron out the wrinkles and modify the rules if needed. At this time, you may decide it is best to put your child back into a child care program. Use the trial period to review house rules, first aid, and safety skills.
    Consider establishing rules on the following:
    • How long your child will be alone
    • Which friends may come to your home
    • Television—what programs may be watched?
    • Food she may eat
    • Using the stove, telephone, computer, appliances, or tools
    • Leaving the house
    • How she can reach you
    Home Alone? - Child Development (CA Dept of Education)

    EDITED: Somewhere I 'magically' entered an alternative poster world...it's mostly fixed. Sorry Seattle1, some of your post was lost in this fiasco. For anyone else interested, Seattle's post is right above this one.
     
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  20. Curious Me

    Curious Me Long-Time Member from back in the day

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    It was three years between the time Susan Powell went missing and the tragedy of the house explosion. We will always have to consider if it could happen again.

    I haven't heard any concern from Maya's family about the children's safety or physical welfare. However, they never thought this member of their family would act like he's been acting lately either. It's been worrisome that the children are being kept away from Maya's family entirely now, and possibly being influenced to think a certain way.

    Not necessarily in this case, but in general, all it might take is someone saying to a child- "If the Police think even mistakenly that your Daddy hurt your Mother, they might come and put him in jail." Imagine how this could scare a child into clamming up if asked anything further about what they heard or saw.

    Maricris said in the latest "The Interview Room" podcast that she tried to contact LM to invite the children to one of their cousin's birthdays. LM did not respond. Now, why would he want to cut off all ties with Maya's family? If ever the kids need to be around Maya's family and their cousins, it's now. I won't even say it makes no sense how LM is acting. It makes too much sense, IMO.

    All just my own thoughts and MOOs.
     
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