Maya Milete’s family and friends gathered to celebrate her missing mother’s 40th birthday on Saturday, almost four months after she disappeared from her home in Chula Vista.
She had planned to spend her 40th birthday hiking in the Grand Canyon, but her family will now be celebrating at Fiesta Island Park in Mission Bay, San Diego.
“Maya – she’s big on birthdays,” her brother, Jay-R Tabalanza, told Fox News. “She’s always tried to get everyone’s birthday – nieces, nephews, siblings, especially parents, so we can’t 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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Not just family and friends, as community members also came together to support Maya’s continued search.
“I want to thank everyone for continuing to support us,” Maricris said. “We are still blessed, in a sense, we receive solid support from the community.
On Sunday, people will head to another extensive search in Bonita, California. Then on Tuesday, the community held a peaceful rally at Chula Vista Police Headquarters to raise awareness of Maya’s disappearance.
“It’s devastating. We don’t really have any potential customers. We really haven’t received much help from the police department,” Drew told Fox News on Friday. “We feel we’re still square.”
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The CVPD announced last week that it had partnered with the FBI, NCIS and the San Diego County Attorney’s Office to investigate her disappearance.
In the last four months, police have conducted 16 search warrants, interviewed 55 witnesses and examined more than 40 councils.
Maya was last seen at her home around 5:00 p.m. On January 7, the same day she had a fight with her husband Larry Milette and arranged a meeting with a divorce lawyer for next week.
About five hours after Maya’s disappearance, a neighbor’s surveillance camera heard several powerful explosions that could have been fired.
Billy Little, a lawyer who works with Maya’s family, told Fox News that less than an hour after the blasts, the couple’s three children could be heard playing in the backyard around 10:30 p.m.
Larry Milete has not been named as a person of interest or suspect in the case. He did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
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For now, Drew said the family is praying for her safe return.
“We want to be with her again. That’s all we want,” Drouier told Fox News on Friday. “It was really hard for the whole family, but that’s the only thing I want.”