Police search Kirkland for missing 2-year-old Sky Metalwala
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
December 5, 2011 · Updated 8:03 AM
The search for 2-year-old Sky Metalwala continued Saturday, as authorities returned to Kirkland and volunteers handed out fliers in Redmond about the missing boy. Metalwala disappeared in Bellevue Nov. 6.
Multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the Totem Lake Park and Ride in Kirkland and used the site as a base of operations on Saturday morning around 8 a.m. to search an area familiar to the family of the boy. This is the second time authorities have searched in Kirkland for the boy. Bellevue and Kirkland police searched Watershed Park near 520 on Nov. 19.
In fact, one of the places searched was Kingsgate Park, directly next to the house where the boy's father Solomon Metalwala is staying with his brother. The park is approximately 10 blocks from the park and ride and on the opposite side of Interstate 405. But police said that no items of interest pertaining to the case were found.
"We did a radius search, which included Kingsgate Park," said Bellevue Police Det. Tory Mangione at the base used for the day-long search. "We are just making sure that no stone is left unturned."
The search included Bellevue police, the King County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Search and Rescue. Mangione said that the search was not prompted by any new leads or tips from the public.
"It is just because these are some of the ordinary areas the family has frequented," said Mangione. "We want to check every possible place connected to the family."
Mangione said that authorities still have some other sites that they want to search connected to the family. Police are still trying to gain any evidence as to where the little boy might be.
Sky's mother, Julia Biryukova claimed her 2-year-old son, was kidnapped after she left him in an unlocked car when her it ran out of gas in Bellevue. She claims that she took her daughter Maile and walked to a gas station to call a family friend. When they returned to the car, Sky was gone.
Mangione said that authorities are getting frustrated with the lack of information.
"You have a team of upwards of 60 people working around the clock on this case and the information is very limited," said Mangione. "The lack of cooperation is also very frustrating. We just want to find Sky of know he is OK somewhere."
Authorities said that Solomon Metalwala has been cooperative but Biryukova has not been willing to speak to them face-to-face since the night of the boy's disappearance.
The boy's story was aired nationally last night on America's Most Wanted in an attempt to gain more information from the public.Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.