Bellevue Police Department Releases Details in Missing Toddler Case; Seeks Witnesses

The mother of 2-year-old Sky Metalwala told police she was taking the boy to a hospital because he was sick.

Editor's note: this story was updated at 6:30 p.m.

BELLEVUE, WA. --- The Bellevue Police Department revealed new details Tuesday in the , whose mother reported him missing Sunday morning.

Police said that after , where the boy lived with his mother, Julia Biryukova, and his 4-year-old sister, the police found just one neighbor who reported seeing the boy within the past two weeks.

Bellevue Police Department spokeswoman Officer Carla Iafrate asked anyone who has seen Sky and Biryukova, 30, in the past few weeks to call the police tip line at 425-452-2564.

"We're talking to anybody in the public who might have a tip. We're talking to neighbors. We're talking to friends. We're talking to people in stores that maybe she's visited. We're just trying to locate who last saw Sky," she said.

Police have said that foul play is one of the possibilities in Sky's disappearance.

"We're now two days on and we haven't heard from him," said Bellevue Police spokesman Officer Seth Tyler earlier Tuesday.

So far, the police have no suspects in the boy's disappearance. Biryukova, 30, told police that she was taking her son to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue on Sunday because he was ill, and she said she left him asleep in the car parked in the 2600 block of 112th Avenue Northeast when she went to get help after running out of gas, Iafrate said.

Biryukova told police that she walked a mile to a gas station, then called a friend who brought her back to the car, Iafrate said. The friend looked for Sky in the car, and then called police, Iafrate said.

A passerby reported seeing the empty car about an hour before police were called at 9:50 a.m., Iafrate said. Police continue to ask people to call the tip line if they saw Biryukova's silver 1998 Acura Integra coupe parked southbound on 112th Avenue Northeast on Sunday morning between 7 and 10 a.m.

Iafrate said the parents have been cooperative in the investigation, though Biryukova has so far declined to submit to a polygraph test.

Patch's call to Biryukova's divorce attorney has not been returned. King 5 TV reported Tuesday that Biryukova has hired a new attorney who specializes in criminal defense law.

Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala, 36, of Kirkland, took a polygraph test, but the results were inconclusive.

His lawyer, Clay Terry, said that the results were skewed due to the stress of his child being missing and that he has agreed to come in again to take the polygraph test. 

Details surfaced Monday regarding Biryukova’s and Solomon Metalwala's troubled relationship. The couple began divorce proceedings in 2010 and each had accused the other of posing a threat to their two children.

The state Child Protective Services has taken custody of the 4-year-old, though Iafrate said she did not have the reason why.

Metalwala has not seen his children for several months, Terry said, but the parents had come to an agreement over custody last week that gave Metalwala visitation rights.

Terry said that Biryukova's attorney contacted him last Friday and said that her client changed her mind, but Sky disappeared before they could have another meeting over custody.

Terry said that Metalwala still believes that Sky has not left Washington. According to Terry, during their custody dispute, Metalwala blocked Biryukova from traveling out of state with the children or obtaining passports for Sky and his sister, out of fear that Biryukova would take the children to Canada or to Russia, where she reportedly has family.

"We're not going to let the children have passports at all," Terry said. "She will be gone."

Police have issued these details about the missing boy:

Sky Elijah Metalwala

Age 2, 2’10” tall, 39 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.

Sky was last seen on Nov. 6, 2011, in the 2600 block of 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, Wash.

He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black and aqua blue sweatpants and white socks.

Sky was in the silver 1998 Acura Integra three door coupe pictured when he disappeared.

Police ask anyone who was traveling Sunday morning along 112th Avenue Northeast, between State Route-520 and Northeast 24th Street, to please call the Bellevue Police Tip line at 425-452-2564.

Feliz1318 November 09, 2011 at 02:13 AM
I guess she went to get gas with her hands because the police never found a gas can for her to put gas in it. As we know gas stations will not let you get gas without proper gas can..... second, gas stations has cameras, so she should be there at that time and moment, third, why doesnt she want to take the polygraph test. fourth, why would she leave her son alone knowing he is only two yrs old and ill and has no idea what to do when left alone. #5 i can go on forever......
Cassandra November 09, 2011 at 03:59 AM
Hummm......no one can recall seeing the boy for a few weeks and someone reports seeing the car empty long before the timeline says.....I smell Casey Anthoney close by!
yoko miles November 09, 2011 at 04:54 AM
She needs to be charged with reckless endangerment of a child and being very dumb!!!!!Who in their right mind leaves a child in a car....not once but twice!!!Again the justice system has failed another child....She left the child before in the car to go shopping.Have u ever heard of a babysitter????This woman is sad and I hope to see her prosecuted.
Christina LaPierre November 09, 2011 at 09:42 AM
It never says "she went to get gas." It says she went to the gas station, if you llook at the pictures of the gas station, they dont even have gas, there has been orange cones blocking the pumps for some time. She didnt have a cell phone obviously, she went to call for help. Now Im not condoning what she did, I would have never left my 2 year old in the car and walked a mile up the road. Im just saying there are a lot of unanswered questions in this whold situation. I think (hope) the child is with a family member, and safe. The article states the father (allegedly abusive) hasnt seen the kids in months, and last week was granted visitation. Im hoping she panicked, not wanting her kids to be around him and placed the child somewhere, and intended to eventually disappear with the other child herself. All Im saying, is no one knows what hreally happened except the mother at this point (if he wasn indeed kidnapped out of the unlocked car).
Lnamom November 09, 2011 at 10:03 AM
I'm not trying to be mean (not to you but about a large group of people) but every russian I've come across lately has some serious parental and marriage issues. My sister works with a girl from Russia who is just 22 and on her 3rd marriage already, My cousin married one and she doesn't take care of the child at all she never has photos of herself and the child taken and the child is well over a year old. I've never seen her hold her except in the hospital. Granted we have some crazy people over here but I've come across alot (I didn't mention all) of Russians who have severe issues. Just look at all the lawsuits against adoption agencies when the adoptive parents adopt some of these children they have severe mental issues from the nightmarish treatment they received in orphan homes over there. All that aside why in the world would you leave a child that age alone in a car? A sick one no less. If someone is going to kidnap a child glass wouldn't stop them. Everything mentioned about her dreaming of harming her kids, won't take a lie detector test I can go on. People have said they saw an empty car an hour before police were called, ok why such a long time away from the car? it doesn't take an hour to walk a mile call a friend and go back to your car. If I were her I wouldn't have left my son anywhere but with me. If she waited for her friend to come pick her up at the gas station and not where the car was that again is pretty stupid.
Lnamom November 09, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Thank goodness the older child was taken into protective custody. Hopefully that "mother' will never see her again
kim November 09, 2011 at 12:05 PM
My husband had an interesting thought : He said middle-eastern men & their families OFTEN kidnap kids away from the mother in custody situation---& the father just found out a week prior to Sky's disappearance that the mother had changed her mind about his having visitation... Mid-east families often even hire professional kidnappers to abduct their children for them. Either way, the FATHER's family members, OR a professional abductor he hired could have been following his ex-wife for just such an opportunity to present itself. One thing we DO know for a fact---that opportunity most certainly DID "present itself" ! Besides, remember the father's polygraph was "inconclusive".
Natosha Monego November 09, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Well this is my armchair impression, just from everything I have read so far. Something tells me that she's a lot smarter than leaving a child in an unlocked car while leaving with another. This is a story she concocted conveniently. Looking like a stupid mom is a diversion she used to add more confusion to the story and convolute any leads. I get the feeling that this was planned, that he was removed from the car by someone else that she knew, that she communicated with prior, and for some reason I worry about his fate. I think something bad has happened to him, or that he's not in very good hands.
Christina LaPierre November 09, 2011 at 06:05 PM
That was one thing I wondered is if the "friend" didnt call the father. Although Im a little curious as to why no one but one neighbor has seen him in 2 weeks. Im still wondering if she maybe had someone take him and was planning to take her daughter and disappear too. Unfortunately we have no idea and can only speculate until hes found, and hopefully safe.
Kristin November 10, 2011 at 03:03 AM
I somewhat believe with Natosha - if this isn't a 48hrs episode in the making I don't know what is... The father was abusive - the mother had agreed to a new custody agreement just last week and then wanted to back out a few days later and only 1.5 days prior to the toddler going missing. She completely set this whole thing up - the child is probably with one of her mother's russian friend of a friend and was picked up from the car by this person. This baby is alive - somewhere - and the mother knows where he is. This just reminds me of those stories where the mom/children are abused and she tried to "escape" from it... I am not condoning what she has done - but because she also has mental health issues this new custody plan probably just sent her over the edge.


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