Restaurant holds fundraiser to aid in search for missing mom


CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A Bonita restaurant hosted a fundraiser Wednesday for the family of a Chula Vista mother who has been missing for three months.

Maya Millete, also known as May, was last seen Jan. 7 at her family’s home in Chula Vista. The Chula Vista Police Department reassured the public Monday that detectives are doing all they can to find her.

Thirty percent of the proceeds from the event at El Pollo Grille on Bonita Drive will go towards future search efforts.

“One way or another, I think we need to help them out as much as possible, and if it takes money, then that’s what we are here to do,” said Victor Lopez, owner of El Pollo Grille on Bonita Drive. “It feels like I know the family.”

“We just moved here and seen the flyers everywhere,” said Tom Luna, a customer who showed up to support the cause. “We’ve see the news about her on Facebook. The family must be heartbroken.”

In a statement Monday, Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy said bringing Millete home safely remains the department’s top priority.

“We understand and recognize the sense of frustration from May’s family and the community with each passing day. We all want answers,” Kennedy’s statement said. “Our detectives have been conducting searches, follow-ups and following every tip or lead received.”

Detectives are working with the FBI and San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in their efforts to find and analyze evidence in the case. They said every resource is being utilized in the search.

Investigators urged community members to report any information about the case to the police department rather than share it on social media, which the department said leads to misinformation and complicates the investigation.

“We continue to keep May, and her family in our thoughts every day and pray for her safe return,” Kennedy’s statement said. “I want to thank those that have reached out with information and tips to our detectives. Cases like this can hinge on the smallest piece of information which may lead to a break in the investigation. Due to the sensitivity of this case, we will not share details and compromise this investigation.”

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