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November 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Police: Mother still not suspect in Sky's disappearance

The mother of a missing Redmond 2-year-old is still not considered a suspect or person of interest in the case, Bellevue police said this morning.

However, police are considering changing tactics and could bring her in if they launch a criminal investigation. But they’re not at that point yet.

During a news briefing this morning, police Maj. Mike Johnson said police are still “not comfortable” calling Biryukova a suspect or person of interest. However, he said police would still like to talk with her and have continued to reach out to her.

Biryukova spoke directly to police on Nov. 6, the day Sky Metalwala disappeared, but not since.

Johnson said police have received more than 900 tips in the case, he said. Unfortunately, he said none of the tips can be termed “high-priority actionable items.”

Johnson said it’s “not unlikely” that police could switch their focus from a search to a criminal investigation involving the child’s mother. However, he added, police “are not there yet.”

“The thing we’re lacking is evidence,” Johnson said.

Times news partners KING-TV reported that police may launch a criminal investigation into possible child endangerment. Biryukova said Sky disappeared after she left him alone in an unlocked car in Bellevue after she ran out of gas.

According to police, Biryukova said she walked with her 4-year-old daughter to a Chevron station about a mile away. She called a friend who picked her up before she returned to her car.

When they arrived at the silver Acura Integra more than an hour later, Sky was gone, police said.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the car, nor was there a gas can or any indication of car trouble. Police said the car was found to still have gas in the tank.

“Nothing about the story adds up. Something else happened,” Johnson said last week.

Biryukova and her estranged husband, Solomon Metalwala, were charged with reckless endangerment in 2009 after leaving Sky, then 3 months old, in their car for nearly an hour while they shopped at a Target store on a 27-degree day. Both took parenting classes and completed community service before the case was dismissed in February of this year, court documents show.

In an email to The Times, Biryukova’s attorney, Robert Flennaugh, said his office doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations.

Meanwhile, Bellevue police said they are also investigating a dating website in which Biryukova’s has reportedly posted an ad. The website,, purports to connect would-be “Sugar Daddies” with “Sugar Babies” for “mututally beneficial relationships.”

In a profile reportedly to belong to Biryokova, she is listed as a 30-year-old “sugar baby” seeking a man who can afford to give her between “$3,001 -$5,000” a month.

According to her account, which was last logged-into on Nov. 10, she describes herself as “Happy, single, Loving, FUN, PASSIONATE, kind, healthy, Beautiful, great cook, blonde hair, blue eyes, slim, very fit, CHRISTIAN, mommy of 2 beautiful babies, I speak fluent Russian, Ukrainian and English, I live in Redmond, WASHINGTON.”

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