Bellevue PD hints at weekend efforts in Sky Metalwala case

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by KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 12 at 12:59 AM

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Bellevue Police alluded to activities this coming weekend that will aid in their search for missing toddler, Sky Metalwala, who disappeared last Sunday.

"There are some things in the works," Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson said at Friday's afternoon press briefing, "we'll be out in the communities around this incident this weekend doing some things that will be helpful to the investigation."

Johnson said details of the activities would not be revealed yet.

"There is some activity coming this weekend that you'll know about when its time," he added.

Also Friday, Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala, prepared 1,000 flyers to distribute to the public, showing pictures of his missing son.

Bellevue Police have searched for 2-year-old Sky for six days, after his mother, Julia Biryukova, said her car ran out of gas, prompting her to leave her son in the car while she went for help. Overnight, investigators took the 1998 Acura Integra on a lengthy drive, ruling out mechanical problems and lack of gas as an explanation for why Biryukova's car would have stopped working.

"The police department is baffled by Julia's story, we're frustrated by the lack of info we're getting from her...we've got to try to find this little boy," Johnson said.

Biryukova has not yet agreed to a police interview, despite public requests from the Bellevue Police Department.

Other highlights related by Johnson at both of Friday press conferences:

* No powerful leads came out of the search at Biryukova's apartment, Johnson said. However, he would not disclose whether any additional search warrants have been filed in the case.

* About 330 tips have been provided to police from the public as of Friday morning. Johnson thanked the public for these tips and said the investigators have sufficient resources to follow up on each of them.

* One hundred and fifty local, county, state and federal investigators are involved in the search.

* Police followed up the public invitation they made Thursday afternoon with a phone call to Biryukova's attorney requesting that Biryukova meet in person with investigators. As of Friday morning, Johnson said "We have not received any contact back from them" in response.

* Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala, sat for a second polygraph examination on Thursday. Johnson declined to reveal results.

* Police said a ransom email sent to Biryukova is in the hands of investigators. "At this point we do not believe it's a credible lead," said Johnson.

* The shoe found Thursday night near where Biryukova said she left Sky on Sunday is not the right size. Police dogs did not detect Sky's scent on it. Johnson said police would keep the shoe as evidence in case their initial conclusion is proved wrong.

* Police are taking full advantage of resources made available to them by the FBI.

Johnson reiterated that the investigation remains a missing persons case and that Biryukova is not a suspect.

"What we've tried to do is present the facts as we know them. If that casts suspicion on Julia, I think it's the facts speaking, not us," said Johnson. "In order to make an arrest and develop probable cause and identify suspects and persons of interest, we need evidence. At this point we don't have it."

Tips still coming in

Police would like to hear from anyone that may have travelled along 112th Ave N.E., between SR 520 and NE 24th Ave N.E., Sunday morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The missing boy is half South Asian and Caucasian, 2-foot-2 and 39 pounds with brown eyes, a dark buzzcut hair and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black and aqua blue sweatpants and white socks.

The car Biryukova drove is a silver, 1998 Acura Integra three-door coupe.

Anyone who saw these people or this vehicle on November 6 is asked to call (425) 452-2564 or email pdtipline@bellevuewa.gov

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