MISSING 2 YEAR OLD:
Police say nothing adds up about the story
November 09, 2011
(REGIONAL) -- "Nothing about the story adds up," Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson told reporters Tuesday about the case of a missing two-year-old boy.
Missing 2-year-old Sky Metalwala . Police say nothing about the case adds up.
"Something else happened," he said.
Johnson was referring to the case of 2-year-old Sky Metalwala who vanished Sunday in Bellevue when his mother Julia Biryukova told police she left him sleeping alone in his car seat inside her unlocked car that was pulled over to the side of the road in Bellevue for an hour after her car allegedly ran out of gas.
Biryukova, 30, told investigators she and her 4-year-old daughter walked to a gas station, and when they returned to the car, the boy was gone.
Biryukova claimed she was talking the boy to a hospital for treatment of an illness. Why she would leave a sick 2 year old alone in an unlocked car by the side of the road has not been explained.
"Given the limited amount of information we have, the fact that there's really no solid leads to follow up on in regard to where he might be, absolutely, we suspect foul play," said Maj. Johnson.
When police questioned relatives, family friends and neighbors, they say only Biryukova and the boy's sister reported seeing him in the past two weeks, according to a Bellevue police spokeswoman.
The boy’s 4-year old sister told police her brother had been in the car when they left it to go get gas.
Police say Biryukova, a native of the Ukraine who is embroiled in a bitter divorce proceeding with the boy’s father, has so far declined to take a polygraph examination.
The boy’s father took one but the results were inconclusive.
Biryukova gave police permission to search her car and her Redmond apartment.
When Sky was 3 months old his parents left him in their SUV in a Target parking lot in December 2009 for 55 minutes on a 27-degree day, according to court documents.
Police cited both parents for reckless endangerment. The case was dismissed early this year after the pair completed a year of probation, 40 hours of community service and a 10-week parenting class.
Police say they have no suspects in the case and no real leads on what happened to the boy.