BELLEVUE – It’s been nearly six months since Bellevue toddler Sky Metalwala disappeared.
Bellevue Police say his mother, Julia Biryukova, is still not talking with detectives, and has declined a request to be interviewed about the incident. That’s been the case, since she reported her son missing back on November 6th, 2011.
Biryukova said she pulled over her car at the 2600 Block of 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue early that November day, and walked with her daughter Maile to a nearby gas station. She originally told police, when she returned to the car, Sky was missing.
Multiple searches yielded little information and detectives test-drove her car and determined it was fully functional.
Biryukova, who has been active online, has not been spotted in public since. It’s believed she has been staying with friends and indoors for long periods of time.
“To me, she’s acting like a coward, and hiding away,” said the boy’s father, Solomon Metalwala on Wednesday night. Solomon now has full custody of Maile, who was involved in a bitter divorce and custody fight.
He’s planning a prayer service for Sunday night to mark the solemn six-month anniversary. He believes the service will help keep Sky’s picture prominently displayed, and in the back of people’s minds. Solomon believes it may trigger a tip or or prompt someone to talk. “He’s been missing and this is one way which has been effective,” says Solomon.
The event, dubbed “A Night for Sky” at Heritage Park in Kirkland will run Sunday from 8-9pm and include worship, prayer, a sharing of scriptures, and ideas on how to revitalize the search for Sky.