Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sky Metalwala Missing 1 Year

Sky Metalwala: Nov. 10 Event to Mark Year of Toddler's Disappearance

The father of Sky Metalwala, the boy reported missing from a car parked on a Bellevue street, and supporters are organizing an event in downtown Redmond to mark the anniversary of the toddler's disappearance.

The father of Sky Metalwala--the boy whose mother said he disappeared from her car parked on a Bellevue street--and his supporters are organizing an event in downtown Redmond on Nov. 10 to mark the one-year anniversary of the toddler's disappearance.
The event will be at Redmond Downtown Park at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, according to aFacebook event posted by the "Find Sky Metalwala" Facebook page managed by Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala.
Sky Metalwala has been missing for one year. We haven't forgotten. Join us at the Downtown Park in Redmond as we mark one year without Sky, and wait for answers.
The park is at 161st Avenue N.E. and Cleveland Street in Redmond.
Sky, who is now 3 years old, was reported missing Nov. 6, 2011, from the 2600 block of 112th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue when the toddler's mother, Julia Biryukova, said he disappeared from her car.
Biryukova, who is divorced from Solomon Metalwala, told Bellevue Police that she left her son in the car early one Sunday on a Bellevue street when she ran out of gas. She said she left Sky in the car as she took the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Maile, to get help. She told police Sky was gone when she and a friend returned to the car several hours later.
Bellevue police could not corroborate her story of her car breaking down. Police also said that it had been at least two weeks prior to Sky's disappearance since anyone apart from Biryukova had reported seeing the boy.
Metalwala, of Kirkland, has kept the search for his son going, with several widely publicized search campaigns and a vigil for Sky earlier this year.
After the initial interviews, Biryukova stopped talking voluntarily to police, the Bellevue Police reported. However, Biryukova has not been named a suspect, and police said this week that there have been no updates on the case.
Metalwala has been caring for their daughter full time after he won custody of their daughter in December and was awarded full custody earlier this year.
For more coverage of the Sky Metalwala search on Patch, click here.

About Sky

Age 2 (at time of disappearance), 2’10” tall, 39 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.
Sky was last seen on Nov. 6, 2011, in the 2600 block of 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, Wash.
He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black and aqua blue sweatpants and white socks.
Sky was in the silver 1998 Acura Integra three-door coupe pictured when he disappeared.
Police ask anyone who was traveling that Sunday morning, Nov. 6, 2011, along 112th Avenue Northeast, between State Route 520 and Northeast 24th Street, to please call the Bellevue Police Tip line at 425-452-6917 or call 9-1-1.


Anonymous said...

How can these children disappear in the care of their parent and when the child disappears while in the parents care, the parent not be charged with at least neglect. I don't understand how this can be deemed acceptable.

Anonymous said...

My husband is law enforcement in WA State. He says once they charge someone, the clock starts counting down. They have 60 days to bring you to trial, unless you waive your right to a speedy trial.
Law enforcement would rather wait and build a solid case, or wait and hope for that break in the case that allows them to solve it and bring the perpetrator to justice. If they arrest and charge you, they effectively tie their own hands.

Would you rather see the parents charged with some small thing and get off, or wait and see them charged with the actual crime and have enough evidence to lock them up for a long time?

I do think in some cases, like the Bradleys, they should've arrested Deborah and separated her from her husband. I think one of them would have cracked and talked to the police.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Anonymous, thank you for your contribution. Choose a name.

Not only is your husband up against the clock, but he is up against his district attorney's office.

Often, not always, but often, an assistant district attorney assigned to prosecuting a case your husband (and law enforcement) has investigated is young, and if talented, will be pulled into the private sector. Sometimes, ADA's fear going up against private attorneys and give investigators a hard time saying, "I need more!" and if the prosecution fails (or if the ADA refuses to prosecute) your husband (law enforcement) is blamed.

Talent is drawn away by money naturally, and sometimes what remains can be those by-passed over the years. Every so often, we get an older, experienced ADA who is committed to justice rather than money.

It is, however, rare.


Anonymous said...

Peter, you may find this interesting:

This Robin Lunceford mentioned also reared her ugly head as a star witness (not) in the Casey Anthony trial. Amazingly, they just trade liar for liar in Fla.

Now they've passed a law making it a crime to falsify reports made by social workers. Would've thought that shoulda been a no-brainer. If not, they should be fired immediately.

Nic said...

Thank you, Peter, for posting this.

Anonymous said...

I do have a name. I forget to sign it.


LC said...

The young daughter could not corroborate that her brother was actually in the car that day (evidently, beneath a blanket draped over his carseat) yet, after a year, the mother still retains custody of the daughter?
One way or another, she has 'lost' a child through neglect - at the very least - and CPS should have removed the daughter from her custody permanently.

Anonymous said...

The father has had custody for some time. It's in the article.


Nic said...

To LC:

The mother lost custody this last Spring. She never showed up for the hearings.

And, if I remember correctly, the little girl was considered extremely underweight for her age when she was removed from her mother's custody.

Anonymous said...

Solomon was awarded full custody of bot Sky and his sister around March 20, 2012

Anonymous said...

Sorry that is suppose to be both

Jazzie said...

"An attorney for Sky's father, Solomon Metalwala, was expected to reveal new information about the case, but police advised against it because of the ongoing investigation."

posted Sept. 12, 2012

Did anything ever come out?

Lis said...

This case makes me SICK.

Why can't they charge her with one thing now, such as endangerment of a child, and leave themselves open to charge her with murder if they ever get more evidence? Certainly they can think of something?? Letting her get off scot free is wrong.

LC said...

Sorry, I thought the father had been estranged from both kids and had only gotten a visitation . I didn't realize he had gained custody. I do think the mother should be charged with something - she admitted to Child Endangerment by stating she abondoned her son alone in a car (true or not) then add other charges as evidence will support them.

Jazzie said...

Shelley said...

I have taken my son out of his car seat and brought him back inside the house when I have forgotten something and we were still in our drive way.

Even if it would only take me a couple minutes and was a hastle.

I do not leave my child alone in a car no matter what.

If i was not able to take him with me, I would wait in my car.

Even if the child was taken from the car... she is responsible in part for leaving him.

Nic said...

To Jazzie:

I don't know that the attorney ever released any specific evidence, but he has stated that he believes Sky died in his mother's custody, probably from neglect.

Anonymous said...

Has there ever been an update about this case? Thanks

Habundia said...

I think it speaks volumes the mother refusing to cooperate and police is looking for answers.
Police should look for answers with the mother I would say.
A mother who says to have been the last person to have seen her child who then disappeared (after she left him alone in the car) isnt cooperating to find her child should be considered a prime suspect.....but I aint a cop so maybe I have no clue how this works.....but to me it doesnt seem like rocketscience.

So why is police searching while the answers probably are to find with the mother?

A mother who doesn't actively do anything to find her child, seems like a red flag to me.

So why can't there be something done?