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November 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Police: No options eliminated in Sky's disappearance

Nine days after 2-year-old Sky Metalwala went missing, Bellevue police said this morning none of the options being examined in connection with his disappearance have been ruled out.

Maj. Mike Johnson said the evidence gathered so far has not led police to eliminate any options. He said police have thus far received more than 1,100 tips.

Johnson also said nothing has changed regarding the status of the boy’s mother, Julia Biryukova. Although police question her story about her son’s disappearance, they do not consider her a suspect or a person of interest, Johnson said during a media briefing this morning. He also said the case remains a missing-person search and not a criminal investigation.

Johnson also dispelled reports that police planned to arrest Biryukova this morning in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. He said police are confident they can reach Biryukova through her attorney if they need to speak to her.

On Monday, Bellevue police said the investigation includes combing social-media websites for clues.

Among them is a dating website on which Biryukova reportedly created an account. The site, SeekingArrangement.com, bills itself as “the largest dating website for those seeking mutually beneficial arrangements — i.e., a relationship between a Sugar Daddy or Sugar Mommy, and a Sugar Baby.”

Police contacted the owner of the site, Brandon Wade, last week for information about the free account opened in July by someone using Biryukova’s name and likeness.

Johnson this morning refused to talk about the website.

Biryukova, 30, told police she left Sky sleeping in a car after it ran out of gas in Bellevue as she was driving him to a hospital on the morning of Nov. 6. She walked with her 4-year-old daughter to a gas station. When she returned about an hour later, Sky was gone.

Last week, police said tests of the car showed it did not run out of gas nor have any mechanical problems.

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