Search for missing toddler Sky Metalwala comes to Issaquah

November 22, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

The search for missing Redmond toddler Sky Metalwala — a much-scrutinized effort to find the 2-year-old boy — expanded to Issaquah and Sammamish on Nov. 16, as searchers distributed fliers at local businesses.

Searchers and Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, met at the entrance to Costco in Issaquah and then canvassed businesses on the Sammamish Plateau.

Shoppers at the warehouse’s bustling outdoor food court received fliers featuring a photo of the missing toddler.

Investigators and searchers continue to scour the Eastside for Sky or clues.

Sky’s mother, Julia Biryukova, reported the boy missing Nov. 6.

What to know

Investigators encourage people with information about missing toddler Sky Metalwala to call the Bellevue Police Department’s tip line at 452-2564 or email pdtipline@bellevuewa.gov.

The case generated a torrent of media attention in the days after the disappearance. Bellevue police received more than 1,100 tips in the days since Biryukova reported Sky missing.

Bellevue investigators said the agency has not ruled out any possibilities in the case. Biryukova and Solomon Metalwala had been embroiled in a contentious divorce and custody battle at the time of Sky’s disappearance.

Biryukova she said she left Sky in her car as she and a 4-year-old daughter walked to a gas station. Sky had disappeared by the time they returned, she said.

Biryukova said the vehicle had run out of gas, but Bellevue investigators said the car had enough gas to “run a significant distance.”

Officer Carla Iafrate, Bellevue Police Department spokeswoman, said the Issaquah and Sammamish search effort had been organized independent of the official investigation.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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7 Responses to “Search for missing toddler Sky Metalwala comes to Issaquah”

  1. Brian on November 23rd, 2011 8:26 pm

    To the writers and detectives…these are some of the questions i would like answered when i read a story on-line. Are there surveillance photos of the mother at the Chevron Station? Did the mother make any phone calls? If she had a cell phone are there pings to cell towers to show where she had been that day? Was the 2-year-old in a child carseat? If there was no carseat were there marks or indentations to the car interior where the carseat would have been? How familiar was the mother with the vehicle? Has the mother ever brought any of her children to a hospital in the past for any reason? What is the mother and father’s work history? Currently employed or DSHS / SSI (may support mental illness theory)? What has either done for a living in the past? Any insurance on the vehicle (check for prior claims to include roadside assistance)? How did the mother get back to the vehicle? Who called 911? Is there an audio tape of the 911 call? Any prior 911 tapes from either father or mother. What is prior court history (8 hits for Julia Biryukova on WA State Courts website since 1997). Was the 4-year-old sister interviewed by CPS and Police at same time (children may decide what they need to say after multiple interviews and an attempt to interview only once should be attempted).

  2. Sharpenmycleats on November 24th, 2011 1:07 pm

    Brian, well aren’t you inquisitive. You think you are entitled to some kind of police debriefing? Get real, this is not the BPD’s first dance. I am sure they know what to look for and what questions to ask. I am sure they are not going to provide the general public with information on an active crime file! No crawl out of your mothers basement and help her with the chores!

  3. Jim Blankmeyer on November 25th, 2011 8:31 pm

    Bring in a pysiciac [ certified]……ok? He or She just might be helpful.

  4. maribel on November 25th, 2011 8:44 pm

    IN OTHER COUNTRY THE INVESTIGATION OR INTERROGATION TO THE PARENTS ARE MANDATORY OR IN CASE THEY DON’T COOPERATE WITH THE LAW AND THEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARREST THE PARENT OR THE PERSON IN CHARGE.THEY SHOULD DO THE SAME IN USA,IN ORDER TO STOP INCIDENT AGAINST CHILDRENS.

  5. maribel on November 25th, 2011 8:47 pm

    LOOK AT THE CASE OF ,LISA IRWIN PARENTS.OR CASEY ANTHONY, OR SKY MATAWALA,JUST IN THIS YEAR MANY KIDS BEEN MISSING IN MOST OF THE CASES THEIR PARENTS ARE IN SUSPECT LINE

  6. G on November 27th, 2011 6:11 am

    Sharpenmycleats-why so harsh? A lot of anger there…

  7. KRS on November 29th, 2011 3:10 pm

    Sharpenmycleats – Why all the attitiude? I think those are valid questions that many would like to know the answer to, just because we may not actually be able to receive the information, does not mean we must stop being inquisitive.

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