November 10, 2011
Washington: A 2-year-old boy has disappeared from his mother’s car in Bellevue and it has been two weeks since the incident.
Bellevue police spokesman Seth Tyler said they have been talking to relatives, friends and neighbors and no one, other than the mother, has seen him.
One of the mother’s Redmond neighbors saw Sky Metalwala two weeks before Sunday.
The boy’s father, Solomon Metalwala, has not seen his two children for several months. Julie Biryukova, Sky’s mother, has refused to take a lie-detector test.
According to police, they suspect a crime in Sky’s disappearance.
The investigators have no suspects, said police Spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.
No evidence has emerged to contradict the mother’s story, according to Tyler. He believes there is foul play and someone knows where Sky is.
Police are providing for Biryukova because the search of her Redmond home is ongoing.
Leslie Clay Terry III, Metalwala’s attorney, said his client has agreed to take a polygraph test. Metalwala was sent home after his polygraph test was inconclusive.
Biryukova has consented to the search of her car and her Redmond home.
The couple was engaged in 11 hours of mediation, aimed at ending a bitter divorce, four days before Sky’s disappearance. It ended up in a compromise that awarded custody of the couple’s two young children to their mother but allowed visits with their father.
On Sunday, Sky disappeared after she left him alone in her unlocked car in Bellevue after she ran out of gas. Biryukova walked with her 4-year-old daughter to a Chevron station about a mile away, according to police. Before she returned to her car, she called a friend who picked her up.
Police said, Sky was gone when they arrived at the silver Acura Integra more than an hour later. There was no sign of forced entry into the car, nor was there a gas can or any indication of car trouble, police said. The car started right up.
Nothing about the story adds up, according to Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson. He believes something else happened.
On the evening of November 6th, an extensive search of the area near the 2600 block of 112th Avenue Northeast, where the car had been parked, was suspended and resumed the search the following day.
The FBI also joined the search. Police also searched Metalwala’s Kirkland home.
Officer Carla Iafrate said no arrests have been made at this time.
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