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November 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Bellevue Police expanding search for toddler

King County Search and Rescue vehicles are parked at the east entrance to Marymoor Park on Saturday morning. Around 150 people were searching for 2-year-old Sky Metalwala. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Solomon Metalwala, right, hugs his uncle Zaffer Lalji at the Hyatt in Bellevue where volunteers gathered to pick up flyers about his 2-year-old son Sky Metalwala. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Updated at 1 p.m.

Bellevue Police said on Saturday that they have expanded the search for 2-year-old Sky Metalwala and have enlisted the help of multiple area agencies, including an area dive team.

The expanded search comes “in the absence of any new investigative leads,” said Bellevue police Maj. Mike Johnson during a 10:30 a.m. news briefing.

At Marymoor Park Saturday morning, more than 140 people fanned out to help with the search.

Police will be searching Marymoor and other areas near the apartment of Metalwala’s mother, Julia Biryukova. Searchers also will fan out again in the area where Biryukova said she last saw her son, near the 2600 block of 112th Avenue Northeast.

Biryukova told police she was driving her sick son to a hospital in Bellevue on Sunday morning when she ran out of gas. She said she left the sleeping boy in the car while she walked with her 4-year-old daughter to a gas station. When she returned about an hour later, Sky was gone, she said.

The toddler’s father, Solomon Metalwala, recruited about 50 volunteers to help him put up fliers in Bellevue, Redmond and the surrounding area. Volunteers — many of them strangers — said they wanted to do anything they could that might help.

“Any help we can get from anyone in this investigation is welcome,” Johnson said of Solomon Metalwala’s efforts.

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