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Family of missing Chula Vista woman speaks out

Search continues in Imperial Sand Dunes, where she was last seen by family

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The search for a missing mother from Chula Vista led family members to the Imperial Sand Dunes, where they tell News 11 she was last seen.

Maya Millete, a 39-year-old mother, has been missing since January 7.

Her family recently searched for her in the Imperial Sand Dunes by helicopter and ATV but did not come up with any leads. "That was the last place we were together as a family, last place I saw her," said her sister Maricris Drouaillet.

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Millete enjoyed riding ATVs in the Sand Dunes and was familiar with the area. "It was very hard returning there," added Drouaillet.

There are currently no leads but the family remains hopeful she will come home. 

“We love you and we just want you home,”said Maricris Drouaillet.

The family has set up a go-fund me page here.

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