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Bellevue police said Tuesday that they believe foul play may be involved in the disappearance of a 2-year-old boy whose mother claimed she left him alone in her car on Sunday morning.
“We suspect foul play,” Major Mike Johnson told KIRO on Tuesday morning. “Nothing about the story adds up, so something else happened.”
Johnson said detectives were reviewing evidence collected in Monday’s canvass of Sky Metalwala’s mother’s neighborhood and following up on tips from passersby in the area where she left her car.
Julia Biryukova told police that she ran out of gas while driving on the 2400 block of 112th Avenue NE in Bellevue on Sunday morning. She said she left the 2-year-old in the car while she walked to a gas station for help with her 4-year-old daughter. When she returned to the car about an hour later, around 10:00 am, he was gone.
Johnson said there was no gas can found with the car when officers arrived, but police were able to start the car. He did not say this was proof that Biryukova’s story was untrue, though.
“Cars are finicky animals and maybe she was having car problems that manifested themselves at the moment where she stopped and didn’t manifest themselves when we tried to manipulate the car,” Johnson said.
However, he said, “We have the same ‘scratch your head’ moments that you all are having.” He questioned how a 2-year-old could have gotten out of the complex harness of his car seat, unlocked the car door and opened it on his own.
“Is it possible? Maybe. We don’t know the answer to that, but it doesn’t seem to add up.”
An attorney for the father of a missing Washington boy said Monday that he has taken a polygraph test and the results were inconclusive, but he is willing to take another to clear himself of suspicion, according to KOMO.
Attorney Clay Terry said he believed the reason why Solomon Metalwala did not pass the test was fatigue because he has not slept much since his 2-year-old son was reported missing on Sunday morning.
Sky Metalwala’s mother, Julia Biryukova, told police that she left him behind in the car while she and her 4-year-old daughter went for help after she ran out of gas around 9:00 am on Sunday. She went to a gas station and called a friend, but when they returned to the vehicle an hour later, Sky was gone.
A Bellevue police spokeswoman said at a press conference Monday that no gas can was found with the car afterward and the car did start briefly when officers tried it.
“We’re still asking a lot of questions,” spokeswoman Carla Iafrate said, although she stated that both parents were still cooperating with investigators.
Iafrate said detectives were considering all possibilities, including a stranger abduction, and “one of those possibilities could be that the child was never in the car.”
Iafrate said witnesses had come forward who saw Biryukova’s car between 8:00 and 10:00 am on Sunday with no child in it.
Police shifted the investigation Monday from where the car was found to the mother’s apartment building in Redmond. Iafrate said officers were “extremely confident” that the child was no longer in the area around the vehicle, so they were now looking at places where he was before that.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have driven down 112th Ave. NE between State Route 520 and NE 24th St. from 7:00 to 10:00 am on Sunday, even if they do not recall seeing Biryukova’s car there, to contact Bellevue police at 425-577-5656.
Solomon Metalwala expressed doubt about his estranged wife’s story, according to KCPQ, saying he believed “this is some kind of game she’s playing.”
Metalwala filed for divorce from Biryukova in June 2010 and the couple has fought over custody of the children since then, according to court records.
Terry told the Seattle Times that the two participated in mediation last week that gave Biryukova custody and allowed visitation for Metalwala, but he said Biryukova told him on Friday that she wanted to void the agreement.
This is not the first time Biryukova allegedly left Sky alone in a vehicle.
District court records show that Biryukova and Metalwala were charged with reckless endangerment in December 2009 for “leaving an infant unattended in a vehicle for a prolonged period of time, during inclement weather.”
According to KOMO, they were accused of leaving Sky alone in their car outside a Redmond Target for 20 minutes in freezing temperatures while they shopped. They reportedly said that they left him because they did not want to wake him up.
Prosecutors told KOMO the case was dismissed after they agreed to probation, community service and parenting classes.