Maya Millete's family were furious case did not get as much attention as Gabby Petito before husband's murder arrest

THE family of a "murdered" mom said they were furious she did not get the same attention as missing van life YouTuber Gabby Petito.

Maya Millete, 39, went missing in January but her sister claims the investigation stalled for nine months until cops dramatically arrested her husband yesterday.



Maya's family contrasted what she claims was a lack of initial urgency in her case with the huge search for missing vlogger Gabby, 22.

She vanished on a road trip with fiance Brian Laundrie and was later found strangled in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

The case drew headlines around the world and hundreds of millions of shares on social media as the FBI joined local police on the probe.

Maya's sister Maricris Droualillet said last month: "We just wish we had the same urgency as Gabby.

"I know the circumstances of Gabby's case are different but it just brought back a lot of pain.

"Chula Vista police are working very hard but the urgency we see in this case is heartbreaking."

Brother-in-law Richard Droualillet added: "Right now, we need more boots on the ground and we will continue looking for our sister until she is home."

Maya, a mother of three, was last seen at her home in Chula Vista, near San Diego, on January 7.

Cops were handed audio of gunshots during an alleged row with her husband on the day she vanished, the family's private investigator claims.

Maya was reported missing two days later, and earlier this year her husband Larry was named as a person of interest.

Then yesterday a SWAT team is said to have swooped to arrest Larry on suspicion of murder.

Family attorney Billy Little told Fox News he hopes Larry “burns in hell.”

He said Larry had been taking out “large sums of money” from the bank in the last few days.

And neighbors told The Sun Larry was seen dumping items over the back fence.

Cops have video footage of him backing his SUV into the garage late at night, it is claimed.

'THREATENING'

It emerged Maya's last phone call on January 7 was to a divorce lawyer, arranging to meet the following week.

At a press conference after Larry's arrest yesterday, San Diego district attorney Summer Stephan said he was incensed that she wanted to end their marriage.

He even tried to cast a spell on her to force her to stay with him, it is alleged.

The DA said: "Larry was trying to hold on to Maya, and he resorted to contacting what are called 'spellcasters'.

"I've never had a case where that was involved.

"These spellcasters would be asked to make Maya want to stay in the relationship.

"But as December of 2020 came, those messages to spellcasters were a lot more threatening.

"He was asking for Maya to become incapacitated, to be in an accident, to have broken bones so that she could stay at home, thus displaying his homicidal ideations."

On the day she was last seen, Larry is alleged to have sent a text reading: "I think she wants me to snap and I am shaking inside ready to snap."



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