SEATTLE – The mother of 2-year-old Sky Metalwala, missing for two weeks, may be finally breaking her silence, claiming her estranged husband had something to do with the disappearance.
Someone using Julia Biryukova’s email account contacted ABC News reporter Neil Karlinksy over the weekend. Karlinksy reported relatives confirm it’s an account Biryukova uses, although there was no confirmation the person he corresponded with was Biryukova.
The emailer wrote:
“Mr. Karlinsky, My former husband is a sadistic Muslim Pakistani. No one has any idea. This is all too difficult. Kindly, Julia.”
When Karlinsky asked for more information, the emailer responded:
“My attorney has forbid me from speaking about the ongoing investigation. My former husband’s allegations are without merit. Solomon is deceptive.”
Solomon Metalwala and Biryukova are estranged and have been in a custody dispute for Sky and his four-year-old sister.
Karlinksy reported that when he asked if Biryukova knows where Sky is now, the emailer said “No,” but when asked if she believed her husband had something to do with the boy’s disappearance, the emailer said, “Yes.”
While it’s possible someone else could have accessed the account, Solomon Metawala said it sounded like Biryukova.
“Obviously, she’s just trying to … maybe trying to get me kind of wound up. The focus is to find Sky,” said Metalwala.
Sky has been missing since November 6. Biryukova told police her car ran out of gas in Bellevue and that she left Sky alone in the car seat while she went for help. When she returned an hour later, Sky was gone.
Police later road tested Biryukova’s car, which they say still had enough gas to drive a significant distance, and found no apparent problems with the car.
Karlinsky reported the emailer did not respond to a question asking about the car.
Maj. Mike Johnson of Bellevue police said detectives would look at the emails, but couldn’t immediately comment on the value they would have in the investigation.
When Karlinksy asked Biryukova what would help bring Sky home, the emailer responded “Prayers. Faith. I’m praying to Jesus on my knees night and day for my Sky… Kindly, Julia.”
Detectives released more photos of Sky, Biryukova and Sky’s sister on Friday, which generated more tips in the case.
Searchers spent the weekend scouring Watershed Park in Kirkland for clues. They initially found what they called “items of interest,” but investigators said they were not likely significant to the case.
The Bellevue Police Department is asking anyone with information to call the hotline at 425-452-2564. Police say even if you think your tip is insignificant, they want to hear from you.