RENTON, Wash. - Tuesday marks one year since the disappearance of 2-year-old Sky Metalwala.
The search for Sky Metalwala started on Nov. 6, 2011, when his mother, Julia Biryukova, told Bellevue police she left him in a car in the 2400 block of 112th Avenue Northeast.
Police said Biryukova was driving her brother’s1998 Acura Integra, and Sky Metalwala was buckled inside of the vehicle with the doors unlocked.
Biryukova left the vehicle because she said the car ran out of gas. She took her then 4-year-old daughter to look for a gas station. When she came back, Sky Metalwala was gone.
After months of searching, no one has seen the Redmond boy since that day.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Deborah Horne spoke with Sky Metalwala’s father, Solomon Metalwala, who still believes his son is still alive.
“I’m going to believe that he is still alive because there is no reason for me not to believe that,” said Solomon Metalwala.
When investigators test drove Biryukova’s car, they found gas was the vehicle and was properly working. She has not talked with investigators since the disappearance.
Solomon Metalwala now has custody of his daughter.
“I am gracious, very bless that I have my daughter back,” said Solomon Metalwala.
The anniversary of Sky Metalwala’s disappearance is on Election Day, so Solomon Metalwala said he will mark it with a prayer rally on Saturday.
For information on the rally, click here.