Group gathers to mark 6 months since Sky disappeared



KIRKLAND, Wash. - A group of people gathered to mark six months since 2-year-old Sky Metalwala disappeared in Bellevue.


People who want to make sure the case is not forgotten gathered at Kirkland's Heritage Park with the boy’s father, Solomon Metalwala.


Metalwala, who says he’s deeply religious, gathered with people of his faith to pray and express hope for the boy’s safe return.


“I still believe that he’s out there someplace,” said Metalwala.


Six months ago, Metalwala’s now ex-wife, Julia Biryukova, told Bellevue police she left Sky in the car when she ran out of gas and returned an hour later to find him missing.


Police later determined there was still gas in the car.


Biryukova has not answered detectives’ questions.


A KIRO 7 Eyewitness News crew was unable to reach her at her last known address on Sunday.


At the park, as the group held candles, Metalwala’s supporters urged people to keep posting about the case online to generate tips.


“There is no reason why we can't reach out to hundreds of thousands of people like that,” said Jesse Mayor.


“I think from now on my focus is on getting Sky justice because his life needs that,” said Metalwala.


Bellevue police said they won't comment until they have something to share about the case.