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November 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Police: No response from missing child's mother

Belleuve police say Julia Biryukova has not responded to their invitation to come in and answer questions about her missing son, Sky Metalwala.

Maj. Mike Johnson said police called Biryukova yesterday to extend the invitation but have thus far received no comment. Police earlier said they haven’t spoken directly with Biryukova, 30, since last Sunday, the day she reported Sky missing. They say she has declined to come in and take a polygraph examination.

Johnson, speaking during a media briefing this morning, said police have also received more than 330 tips on the boy’s disappearance. “No stone has been left unturned in regards to those tips,” he said.

Biryukova 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. She walked with her 4-year-old daughter to a gas station. When she returned about an hour later, Sky was gone.

Earlier this week, police said tests of the car showed it did not run out of gas. This morning, Johnson said an overnight test drive of the car revealed it had no mechanical problems.

Johnson also said police have ruled out a connection between Sky’s disappearance and a child’s shoe found last night near where he disappeared.

Johnson was asked whether police are close to making an arrest in the case.

“In order to make an arrest … we need evidence (of a crime), he said. “At this point we don’t have it.”

Police plan another briefing this afternoon.

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