Father of missing Bellevue toddler: 'I try to remember his face'
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Two years to the day after Sky Metalwala vanished from the side of a busy street in Bellevue, life is still difficult -- at times seemingly impossible -- for Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala.
"I try to remember his face ... big cheeks, kind of pink, and I was thinking about his laughter the other day," said Solomon as he walked along that road where his nightmare began.
Solomon said he often wonders if Sky is still alive, then quickly thinks about something, anything else. However, he also said he can't bear to think Sky is somewhere and daddy is not there to help him.
On November 6, 2011, Sky's mother, Julia Biryukova, told Bellevue detectives she ran out of gas along 112th Ave SE and took her daughter to get help, leaving 2-year-old Sky in his chair seat. She told Police when she returned, Sky was gone.
"I think 100 percent she's responsible," Solomon said.
Police say she stopped talking with investigators the day Sky went missing. However, Biryukova has never been arrested in connection with the case and has never been named a suspect.
Last year a King County Judge granted Solomon sole custody of the couple's daughter, Maile. He said she is still coping with her brother being gone.
"She has to face amazing challenges," he said.
Almost 7-years old, Maile often draws pictures of Sky while dad pins them up on a wall inside their house.
Solomon hopes someday soon the three of them will be a family once again.
"How nice would it be to see both of my children playing," he said.