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Update: Bellevue Police Say Foul Play Suspected in Toddler's Disappearance

The missing boy's mother has declined to take a polygraph test, Bellevue Police told reporters Tuesday morning.

Editor's note: Bellevue Police revealed new details in the case at a 3:30 p.m. briefing Tuesday. .

Foul play is one of the possibilities in the weekend disappearance of a 2-year-old boy from a car, Bellevue Police reported.

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

Sky Metalwala's mother, Julia Biryukova, morning, telling police she had left the boy unattended in her unlocked car after she ran out of gas in the 2600 block of 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue and walked to a gas station with her 4-year-old daughter. 

Tyler said police continue to ask that people who may have been passing on the street where Sky disappeared, which is between State Route 520 and Northeast 24th Street and close to Interstate 405 and the Bellevue Montessori School, to call through the NORCOM dispatch center at 425-577-5656.

"We haven't received many tips at this time, which is why we encourage people to call," Tyler said. "We really would love for people to call, even if they think it was insignificant."

Police said they found no gas can near Biryukova's vehicle and that her car started right up. No sign of forced entry was found on the vehicle.

"We suspect foul play. Nothing about this story adds up," Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson told television reporters. (Click here to see raw video of Johnson's interview with reporters from KIRO TV.)

Neither parent has been named a suspect, and police have said both are cooperating with the investigation, though Johnson told reporters that Biryukova has refused to take a polygraph test.

"You’d think that someone that is as close to a family as a mother is would be willing to do anything and everything to solve this case," he told reporters.

Metalwala's father, Monday evening but the results were inconclusive. His attorney said he would return to the Bellevue Police Station on Tuesday to take another round of tests.

Law enforcement officials spent much of Monday searching the area surrounding Biryukova's downtown Redmond apartment. Residents of the , where Biryukova lives, said FBI investigators went door to door asking neighbors about the family.

Details also surfaced Monday regarding Biryukova 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.

In a 2010 protection order requested by Biryukova, the mother said her husband had been physically abusive toward her and had threatened to kill her if she sought custody of their children.

"The most recent (incidents) have been his threats to kill me if I say anything against him or if in any way I proceed with action of seeking custody of our two small children," Biryukova wrote in the protection order request, which has been obtained by Patch. "I live in constant fear of my life and my children's life."

For his part, Solomon Metalwala said Biryukova was battling a mental illness, was suicidal, and had dreams of harming her children.

"She began to have dreams about killing our children, even telling me of her dreams about strangling our youngest child," Metlawala said in a court document related to the couple's divorce that was filed in King County Superior Court and obtained by Patch.

Both parents were also cited in 2009 for leaving Sky, then just an infant, unattended in a vehicle.

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Check Patch later this afternoon for updates on this developing story.

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.

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.

Ronald Ferreira November 09, 2011 at 08:22 AM
last borns are always forgottan and abused first borns can do no wrong in the mothers eye i know im last born
rose champa November 09, 2011 at 08:51 AM
If your mom no matter first to last that is your child u protect, and shame on u if u don't I also come from abuse, but when I BECAME a mom I promised myself my children I never allow that to happen to them and when I OPENED my eyes and saw how scared my children were I took them and ran now 11 years later I have 2 great boys that r in the national guards and 1 more on his way to fight for are country and fight for you and me for peace. a real mom backs her child and stands by them and protects them so one day they will protect you and me for freedom and for are flag stand for we are the u.s.a protect the children they protect u in the end.
Marjorie Hillebrand November 09, 2011 at 09:42 AM
Sounds to me like the child has been given to a relative or friend until the mother can get a divorce and get safely away from the father who has threatened to kill her and the children if she divorced him! Either way, I am praying that this young boy is safe and the truth of the matter is revealed.
Lynn November 09, 2011 at 09:44 AM
I personally think that the mother is a luniac, a nut case. She had no business leaving her son in that car alone. It angers me so , If I were a social worker I'd have her a** in a heartbeat. Her kids needs to be in protective custody, neither parent is fit to have those kids.. And what I don't understand is why in the H*** did the police not take her to jail for leaving her boy in the car alone, I think the police officers heads needs to be examined as well . I don't care where you live or what the laws are, first law should be that you should never ever leave a child unattended in a car alone, no matter what. I just hope that both parents gets what coming to them..
mary November 09, 2011 at 10:21 AM
first and foremost think!!!! vechiles have safety locks in the back ,so children can,t get out unless left out by the parents upfront. why would you take one child and not the other. was the little boy to much of a bother to also take along for the walk to the gas station?? and who in this lifetime would leave a child in an unlocked vechile. you,re inviting someone to steal him or her, cops need to dig deep here, ask questions about the locks on the vechile!!!!! this girl is a liar.....
mutterwolfe November 09, 2011 at 11:13 AM
i hope they will find the baby soon,if there is a foul play.the trues will always come out.what shock me the most,why is the mother still running free,cause by law " if you leave your child unattended,you will get in trouble by law and cps".to many children died or got hurt by leaving them unattended in a car.but my prayer goes out for the baby and hoping that he will be found soon
Tammy Osier November 09, 2011 at 11:38 AM
I wonder if they have questioned the 4 year old?
kim November 09, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Regarding the disappearance of the 2-year-old missing boy (Sky Metalwala) : My husband had an interesting thought : He said middle-eastern men & their families OFTEN kidnap kids away from the mother in custody situations---& 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 even often 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 a week 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".
Knj1022 November 09, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Is the husband not the father of the older child? Why hide the son and not the daughter? Did he love the son more and was making threats to get custody of the just the boy? That doesn't really make a lot of sense but then again I don't know all of the details surrounding their relationship either.
Sally November 09, 2011 at 12:43 PM
I have to disagree........look at her facebook...........besides her profile pic, there are absolutely NO pix of Sky on there...........and tons of the older daughter
Jean November 09, 2011 at 12:49 PM
I truly pray ou are right. But that being said--after reading how she left him in the car and that this wasn't the first time--and Dad was involved in the first incident IF that beautiful little boy is still alive--I wouldn't let either on have custody and I'd take away the other child as well.
bytebroker November 09, 2011 at 12:53 PM
What mom would take her 4 year old but leave her 2 year old in an unlocked car? People stop to help moms with kids when their cars are inoperative probably more than any other scenario. No gas can nearby and the car started right up. Her story has too many leaks to hold water.
joan November 09, 2011 at 12:54 PM
I think this whole country is going nuts. Everytime you turn around lately a child is missing , dead, kidnapped, and God knows what. They are just children for petes sake. Adults, if thats what you want to call them, should just pick on other adults and not kids. Its almost scarey being a kid these days. I pray for this child and all children that they remain safe and out of harms way
Sally November 09, 2011 at 12:56 PM
If you look at her facebook...........besides her profile pic, there are absolutely NO pix of Sky on there...........and tons of the older daughter
Jessica Bledsoe November 09, 2011 at 01:20 PM
I agree. The whole country IS going nuts! Week after week there is child reported missing & the parents are suspected of foul play. As a parent I'm baffled. How could a parent EVER want to harm their child?? I understand having a bad day with your kids but apparently I deal with things differently than the crazys in the news. I just don't understand what could possibly be going on in their heads.
Todd Johnson November 09, 2011 at 01:21 PM
I would willing to bet there is a pill problem here in this case. That seems to the biggest problem now in days. I hope she did not cross some one over pills. I hope the kid is return safe.
Rhonda November 09, 2011 at 01:36 PM
If that was the case, that she did leave the child with a relative to protect him, why wouldn't she have left the daughter also? They are both endangered, if he has truly threatened their lives. Smells fishy to e.....Just saying......
samantha November 09, 2011 at 02:18 PM
I believe both of the parents did it. If the mother was so afraid of her and her children's lives then she shouldn't have left the 2 yr old in the car by himself let alone unlocked and just took the 4 yr old. If the father was unstable, suicidal and wanted to harm his wife and kids then something must have happened. Police need to investigate more on the parents even talk to the 4 yr old on what might have happened. Little kids don't lie unless they think they are going to be in trouble.
Sandra Queen November 09, 2011 at 02:29 PM
If anyone remembers Susan Smith,you will also remember she did not want her husband to have thjer children either.Maybe thats why Micheal and Alex are no in heaven with Jesus.It is very possible she has done the same thing to Skye,and if she has may she burn in hell.
lou November 09, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Say she was abused-and say that her estranged husband is muslim-then she would go to every lenght to get her male child away from him. Do you all remember the movie "Not without my daughter"....The differnce here is that it's very possible that the husband (ex) would take the child and move back to his native country. They put zero value on girls/women @ all. My bet is that she is hiding the child with a friend or at a church. Nothing else would make sense. If she in fact did hurt/kill the boy-the story abt how she left him in the car is just stupid because that makes her really suspicious (maybe she ellaborated upon the other time when they DID leave the child in the car so the cops would go "ahhh-she did it before"....God forbid she did something to the child-thousands of ppl are struggeling to become parents every year-and would love to adopt this child if she "didn't want him"....
J C November 09, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Police said they found no gas can near Biryukova's vehicle and that her car started right up. No sign of forced entry was found on the vehicle. A little odd don't you think?
Mojp November 09, 2011 at 02:53 PM
at this point, if the mother did take Sky to a safe house, she would fess up to the police because thousands of people are involved now. They both have serious mental issues. Awful to think about, but I think something happened two weeks ago to Sky and she waited to come up with something... much like Casey Anthony.
lou November 09, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Just what I said LOL she prolly hid the boy for that reason....-abt the polygraph-no one should ever get a poly no matter what-it's not even liable in court-and the results can vary depending on your emotions...
Lucita Hilerio November 09, 2011 at 02:57 PM
The Mother definitely has something to do with it....No Mother now a days leaves there child alone not even to go to the bathroom..never mind in a car to go get gas...She didnt even have to leave the car..Any one who sees a mother stranded with her children will offer help....been there>>done that......The Mother needs to fess up already...She Guilty...Sorry but this is the way I feel..
J C November 09, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Well if they haven't they D@M well should............
christine willis November 09, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Read her old posts on FB around Sept 28th and there is one about waiting on the right man...
Jim P November 09, 2011 at 03:03 PM
What a sexist and demeaning statement this is against men. MOMS say anything to throw the claim off of themselves. However the liberal and biast news say MOMS know best. Bull
DAWN November 09, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I LIKE MANY OTHERS HOPE THE CHILD IS SIMPLY BEING HID BY THE MOM WHO FELT SHE HAD NO CHOICE. IT DOESNT MAKE SENSE SHE DIDNT HAVE A STROLLER IN THE CAR. ANY ONE IS ASKING FOR TROUBLE LEAVING A SMALL CHILD IN AN UNLOCKED CAR. WHERE IS MOM'S BRAINS.?I ALSO AGREE ASK THE DAUGHTER WHERE HER BROTHER IS. I'M GLAD THE 4 YR OLD IS IN FOSTER CARE. MAYBE AWAY FROM THE MOM FOR A FEW DAYS A THERPIST CAN GET THE CHILD TO TALK ABOUT HER BROTHER THROUGH PLAY THERPHY. EITHER WAY THIS TURNS OUT WE NEED TO PRAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AS THEY ARE TRULY DYSFUNCTIONAL. I KNOW I AM ALL OVER THE PLACE WITH THIS POST.
lauren November 09, 2011 at 03:44 PM
The bigger part as well we do people continue to have children and do not really want them? Just like in the other women who killed her 6 year old son' tell me there were many family members willing to take the boy why kill him? And this boy with all of there problems let others help stop putting the child in harms way! I will pray for a safe return.
PatchReader7 November 11, 2011 at 02:33 PM
No excuse will ever be good enough for leaving a child in an unattended car. Personally, I wouldn't leave my own dog alone in a car. This woman needs to cooperate, take the polygraph test because every day I'm reading a different story. We ALL want the truth!!!

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