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November 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Police: Mother 'holds key' to missing boy's whereabouts

Bellevue police Major Mike Johnson said during a new briefing this morning

Bellevue police said they believe the mother of a missing 2-year-old Redmond boy “holds the key” to information on the boy’s whereabouts.

Bellevue police Maj. Mike Johnson said during a new briefing this morning on the disapearance of Sky Metalwala that finding the boy is their top priority. “We believe Julia holds the key to that,” he said.

However, Johnson said the mother, Julie Biryukova, is not considered a suspect or a person of interest in her son’s disappearance.

Biryukova, 30, told police she was driving her ill son and 4-year-old daughter to a Bellevue hospital from her Redmond home when the car ran out of gas. She said she left Sky sleeping in the car and walked with her daughter to a gas station.

She said her son was gone when she returned to the car.

Police said yesterday the car still had gas in the tank.

Bellevue police plan to continue their mechanical inspection of the car today. Johnson said a test drive will tell police how car is functioning and whether it has mechanical problems.

Increasingly, police are questioning Biryukova’s account of the morning her son disappeared. She was involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle with the boy’s father, Solomon Metalwala. Just days before the boy disappeared, the couple had ironed out a custody agreement that allowed Metalwala visitation with their two young children.

But Metalwala’s attorney says Biryukova later wanted out of the agreement.

Bellevue police plan another media briefing for 3:30 p.m. today.

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