Solomon Metalwala shares family history, details of wife's mental illness


by KING 5 News

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 22 at 5:52 PM

In his numerous press appearances, Solomon Metalwala tries to stay upbeat and positive.

But he admits to moments of despair.

"Saturday morning, I just woke up with a big burden on my shoulder," says Metalwala. "It was a hard morning."

Two weeks after Sky disappeared, Metalwala still won't allow himself to believe that his son is dead.

"My hopeful theory is that Sky is safe someplace, warm, getting fat, lots of toys around him," he says.

It seems so long ago when he and Julia Biryukova met and fell in love.

"This is a funny situation," he says. "I saw Julia at a gas station. As you know, Julia is very pretty. So I just gave her one of my cards, and she called me."

About ten years later, Metalwala says he started noticing her symptoms of mental illness. In a court filing obtained by KING 5, Metalwala claimed "Julia was like a prisoner who locked herself into a cell block. She began to have dreams about killing our children, even telling me of her dreams of strangling our youngest child."

More court documents show while Julia was involuntarily committed, doctors claimed she had a low GAF of global assessment of functioning scale, just a 15 on a scale of 1 to 100.

According to the University of Washington, that number means a person is in danger of hurting themselves or others.

Metalwala says her illness would come and go. When we asked about the surveillance photos of Julia, taken before Sky disappeared, he says he noticed how different she looked in the photos compared to those posted on social media websites.

"I've seen that look before," Metalwala says. "That's the time we begged her to get help."

Metalwala is asking the public for a day of prayer for this Sunday, November 27th. He wants people not only to pray for Sky, but for missing children across the country.