The husband of May ‘Maya’ Millete, who was last seen alive at the start of the year, has been taken into custody in connection with her killing.
Larry Millete’s arrest on Tuesday comes nine months after Maya, 39, vanished. She allegedly disappeared the day she scheduled an appointment to meet with a divorce attorney.
‘Today, the Chula Vista Police Department is announcing the arrest of Larry Millete for the murder of his wife, May,’ Chula Vista Police said Tuesday in a news release.
In July, Larry was named as a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. She was last seen by her father on January 7, two days before the Chula Vista family was going on a trip for her daughter’s birthday, NBC News reported.
Her husband initially took part in the search efforts but later stopped cooperating with law enforcement officials.
Billy Little, an attorney working with Maya’s family, told Fox News Larry had been withdrawing large sums of money from the bank over the past few days, making it look like he was going to flee.
‘I hope the guy burns in hell,’ Little told Fox.
The Chula Vista Police Department had investigators interview 87 people, write 67 search warrants and followed up on over 130 tips about Maya’s possible location or reason for disappearing, a press release from the department said.
Maya and her husband share three children ages 4, 9, and 11.
Back in January when police searched the Millete residence in connection with Maya’s disappearance, Larry allegedly told officers he knew they were coming for his guns, and gave his weapons to friends.
He then refused to name who was in possession of his guns, DailyMail reported.
Larry allegedly owned a total of 22 weapons, only eight of which were legally registered to him. By the time the restraining order was issued police had recovered two semi-automatic weapons from his possession.
In the months since her disappearance, Maya’s relatives have spoken out about how her and Larry’s marriage had been crumbling.
Maya also allegedly told her brother-in-law, ‘If anything happened to me, it would be Larry,’ Fox News reported.
Her relatives have cautioned that they are hesitant to speak out about Larry. In the past he has said and done questionable things to them, including sending a picture of him and his wife covered in what appeared to be drops of blood.
Maya’s family had led searches on a weekly basis since she disappeared in January.
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