Missing Boy Bellevue
November 11, 2011 by staff
Missing Boy Bellevue, Bellevue police investigators overnight Thursday test drove Julia Biryukova’s 1998 Acura Integra, the car she claimed that had run out of gas and prompted her to leave her 2-year-old son, Sky Metalwala, in Sunday.
KING 5 News followed a squad of investigators as they navigated the Acura along the streets of Bellevue and Redmond. A fleet of undercover police officers followed the Acura, including a detective with a video camera, as police drove the route that Biryukova took Sunday before she said Sky disappeared.
After a two hour test drive, it appeared there were no apparent problems with the car.
Biryukova said she ran out of gas and left Sky alone in the unlocked car to go for help. Police said there was enough gas in the car to drive a considerable distance, but they wanted to check if there was a mechanical problem that would have caused the car to break down.
Bellevue police were expected to give more details on what experts found during that test drive and how police will now look at Biryukova during a 10:30 a.m. news conference Friday. Click back here to watch it live.
Shoe of toddler discovered in area
Thursday evening, Bellevue police and crime scene investigators had gone back to the area where Sky had disappeared.
A shoe of a toddler was found about a quarter of a mile from the scene. A couple who was walking on 112th Street found the shoe and called 9-1-1.
“My daughter spotted a shoe by the side of the road and I wondered if it had anything to do. I came up took a look at it. Yeah, looks like a two-year-old’s, better call it in,” said Paul Hurd. “It’s probably nothing, but who knows. Something small may be the key to solving the whole case.”
Bellevue police said there was no confirmation whether the shoe belonged to Sky. Police dogs didn’t pick up Sky’s scent when police compared the shoe to other objects that belonged to the missing boy; however, the shoe has not been fullyanlyzed yet.
Police said they were told Sky didn’t have shoes on when he went missing, but at this point they are checking into anything that might be a clue into his disappearance.
“We’ve gotta make sure we follow up. We’ve got a lot of resources, a lot of man hours in this, so if someone calls us up, we’re going to look into it,” said Bellevue Police Department Officer Carla Iafrate.
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