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The father of a missing Washington boy and some of his relatives are expected to take polygraph tests, but police said Wednesday that the 2-year-old’s mother has declined an invitation to be tested herself.
Bellevue Police Dept. Maj. Mike Johnson told reporters at a morning news conference that investigators have begun a thorough examination of the car that Sky Metalwala’s mother, Julia Biryukova, claimed she left him alone in on Sunday morning. Authorities are also collecting DNA swabs from people closest to the family and comparing them to hair and fibers found in Biryukova’s car and apartment to try to eliminate the possibility of their involvement in the disappearance.
An attorney for Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, has said results of a polygraph test conducted on him earlier in the week were inconclusive, but he blamed that on fatigue. He was willing to be tested again, though, and Johnson said that could happen later on Wednesday.
Cops are following up on tips and conducting a lot of interviews, but Johnson said they do not have anything he would characterize as a “hot lead.” A police spokeswoman told KIRO that detectives have only found one person besides Biryukova and her 4-year-old daughter, a neighbor, who said they saw Sky at all in the last two weeks.
Johnson said Wednesday that an FBI specialist has spoken to the 4-year-old, but authorities gained nothing new from the interview. She supported her mother’s claim that Sky was in the car with them on Sunday morning.
“That’s not what we expected to hear, to be honest with you,” he said.
Biryukova told police that she left Sky behind in the car while she and her daughter went for help after she ran out of gas early Sunday. She said that when they returned to the vehicle with a friend an hour later, Sky was gone, according to a police press release.
The great aunt of anArizonagirl missing for almost a month said Tuesday that she is beginning to suspect that the child’s mother could be responsible for her disappearance.
Brenda Hunter told KNXV that she still supports her niece, Jerice Hunter, but she is concerned by reports that the mother of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley has not taken a lie detector test. Relatives also told the station that Jerice has not answered their phone calls for two weeks.
Jerice Hunter reported Jhessye missing on October 11 after she claimed the girl disappeared from herGlendaleapartment while she was out running an errand. Police have not identified any suspects in the case.
Asked if she believed Jerice had anything to do with Jhessye’s disappearance, Brenda said, “To be honest with you, I’m just going to be straight out, yes I do.”
She suggested the possibility that Jerice “hit her too hard and just didn’t realize it, you know, and then won’t admit it.”
Brenda Hunter also questioned why Jerice is not out actively searching for Jhessye.
“I would be out here night and day, marching, looking for my child,” she said. “And she’s not behaving like a mother would, being that her child is missing.”
Relatives have told KNXV that Jerice is scheduled to take a lie detector test on Thursday, but police denied that claim.
Authorities are offering a reward of up to $11,000 in the case. To be eligible for the reward, tips must be submitted to Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).