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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.