Family members of the missing Chula Vista mother of three, Maya Millete, vocalized their hope on how nationwide support for the case of 22 year-old Gabby Petitio can amass support for others who are missing.
Gabby Petito made national headlines as the public, police and social media aided with urgency. This national cry for support also brings to light how other cases for missing persons are treated, particularly for people of color.
Petito went missing while on a cross-country trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie. Human remains were found in Wyoming at Grand Teton national park on Sept.19 that are consistent with Gabby Petito according to authorities.
Family of Maya Millete told the public they wished they had the same sense of urgency from law enforcement when Maya first went missing in Chula Vista. “It’s kind of like reliving it again, seeing that someone else is going through the same emotions that we're going through” Richard Drouaillet said.
After Maya’s disappearance on January 7, Police never asked the public to come forward regarding vehicles of interest as was done with Petito’s case. Vehicles involved in Millete’s case were only seized and impounded by Chula Vista detectives.A break in Petito's case emerged when photographs of a Ford Transit van which Petito and her fiancé were last seen driving surfaced. Another video of body cam footage also emerged that sparked a search effort for a body.
“We're praying for that family. We feel their pain. We've been going through it for eight months now.” Richard Drouaillet said.
The family of Maya Millete publicly said they feel mixed emotions with the lack of search effort from the police department as Petitio’s case continues to develop. “We are very happy that they get their closure, and hopefully we'll have our closure soon, too, with the help of the public and the community” Maricris Drouaillet said.The CVPD releases an update every two weeks on the case. In its most recent update since Jan.7, CVPD said it has written 64 search warrants in the case, interviewed 79 people and reviewed more than 125 tips in the investigation.