Police plead for help in search for missing boy

Sky has been missing since Nov. 6, 2011 and turned 9 years old on Sept. 2.

In May 2017, an age progressed photo showing what Sky would look like as a 7-year-old boy was released. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Police Department

In May 2017, an age progressed photo showing what Sky would look like as a 7-year-old boy was released. Photo courtesy of Bellevue Police Department

Bellevue police are asking locals for help in the cold case of a missing child who vanished more than seven years ago without a trace.

Sky Metalwala went missing when he was two years old on Nov. 6, 2011, and police have released a call for help, along with an age-progressed photo, on the anniversary of his disappearance for the past two years. Bellevue, Redmond and FBI investigators have pursued more than 2,500 tips, investing 14,000 hours and $2 million into the lengthy investigation.

Sky’s ninth birthday was on Sept. 2.

“I hope that one day I can say that Sky has been found,” said Bellevue police Maj. Pat Spak in a 2016 interview. “While time can often be a disadvantage, sometimes it can also be an advantage.”

Julia Biryukova reported Sky’s disappearance after she left the 2-year-old in her car after it ran out of gas in Bellevue. The ensuing investigation revealed that Biryukova’s statements were inaccurate — her car was not out of gas and had no mechanical problems, yet she still abandoned the vehicle to supposedly get gas, police reported.

Biryukova only spoke to investigators the day he disappeared and has since refused to cooperate or participate in the investigation, police said. Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, has been an active supporter of the effort to locate the missing child.

Police urge anyone with information regarding the case to contact the Bellevue Police Department by contacting investigations Captain Travess Forbush at 425-452-6045 or email tforbush@bellevuewa.gov.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

Sky Metalwala has been missing for seven years. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Sky Metalwala has been missing for seven years. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

More in News

Photo via Pexels
King County residents needed for first respiratory study using Apple watches

UW study to help find if devices can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu.

Photo courtesy of Johnson and Johnson (jnj.com)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted in Washington over side effect

Following federal guidance, Washington health care providers are temporarily pausing Johnson &… Continue reading

File Photo
High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

t
Bellevue blanks Mercer Island on the girls soccer pitch

Bellevue’s Morgan Pingree (12) controls the ball while Mercer Island’s Addie Goepfert-Waterman… Continue reading

T
Sheriff’s office wants help identifying Green River killer victim

Staff reports In 2003, Gary Ridgway, Washington’s notorious Green River killer, pleaded… Continue reading

Sandwich selection at Tres Sandwich House (photo credit: Cameron Sheppard)
Bellevue’s Tres Sandwich House offers popular Japanese-style sandwiches

The shop is one of the only places to try the sandwiches outside of Japan.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. File photo
King County needs more lawyers to attack backlog of cases

6,107 open cases is double the normal amount for King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Phase Finder for vaccine eligibility to be eliminated March 31

Eligibility verification via Phase Finder no longer required for appointments, vaccinations beginning this week.

file photo
Bellevue Police arrest man involved in fentanyl overdose death

Man who sold the deadly pills is being charged with controlled substance homicide.

Courtesy photo
Issaquah School District settles negligence lawsuit for $4.25 million

The lawsuit alleged the district covered for a now-convicted child molester while he was a teacher.