7 years after boy vanished, Bellevue police plead for help from public

    Missing boy Sky Metalwala is seen as he looked at the time of his disappearance and as it is believed he would appear now. (Photos from Bellevue Police Dept.)<p>{/p}

    BELLEVUE, Wash. - Police are renewing their call for help from the public in solving the case of a missing toddler on the seventh anniversary of his mysterious disappearance.

    It was on Nov. 6, 2011, that 2-year-old Sky Metalwala was reported missing by his mother in Bellevue, Julia Biryukova.

    She told police that she had left Sky sleeping alone in her unlocked car after it ran out of gas. She and her 4-year-old daughter walked to get gas, she claimed, and when they returned an hour later, the boy was gone.

    But a police investigation found a number of inaccuracies in Biryukova's statement - including the fact that her car was not out of gas and had no mechanical problems.

    Biryukova also claimed she was taking the boy to a hospital because he didn't feel well, even though she left her purse, wallet and identification at home. It wasn't clear how she expected to get gas for the car or have her son treated without the items, police said.

    Biryukova spoke with investigators on the day she reported Sky missing, but has since refused to take part in the police investigation.

    Sky's disappearance came amid a bitter divorce and custody fight between Biryukova and the boy's father, Solomon Metalwala. Reports at the time said the couple had reached a tentative agreement about child custody, but two days before Biryukova reported Sky missing she decided to pull out of the agreement.

    So far, detectives with the FBI, Bellevue police and Redmond police have pursued more than 2,500 tips and spent more than 14,000 hours and over $2 million on the lengthy investigation. But Sky remains missing.

    Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Capt. Travess Forbush of the Bellevue police at 425-452-6045 or eamil tforbush@bellevuewa.gov.

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