Searching for Sky: Case of missing tot haunts city of Bellevue
09/16/2016 12:00 pm PDT
UPDATE February 7, 2019:
It has been more than seven years since young Sky Metalwala disappeared from Bellevue. Bellevue police say they don't believe the story the 2-year old's mother, Julia Biryukova, initially told detectives, KING-TV reports.
It was all background for what seemed to be a run-of-the-mill court case in Redmond on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Biryukova, now Julia Morgan, accused her ex-husband of violating a no-contact order. Biryukova remarried after Sky's disappearance and had another son. The marriage went south after that, based on her testimony.
She was argumentative at times during her roughly two hours on the stand and seemed foggy on details regarding the alleged no-contact violation. At one point the district judge warned her and an attorney of contempt of court. But after cooler heads prevailed, Biryukova did make an admission, when asked if she was not allowed to be alone with her son without a monitor.
"Correct," she said sheepishly.
Child Protective Services did not immediately return requests for comment about the current case, or whether she still sees Sky's sister Maile, who was considered a witness at the time and is now 11.
It has been previously reported that since Sky's disappearance, Biryukova was arrested for theft, diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and that the state has been supervising the care of her child.
A Crime Watch Daily mystery in Washington state: A little boy is missing in the most unusual of circumstances.
A little boy missing. A mother not talking. A father desperately searching for answers.
This case really has haunted the tight-knit city of Bellevue, Washington. Police say they've spent more than 14,000 hours and more than $2 million trying to find little Sky Metalwala, a 2-year-old boy who vanished after his mom says she left him for more than a hour in the backseat of a car.
What happened to Sky Metalwala on November 6, 2011, is now a mystery that has investigators scratching their heads and has everyone else pointing fingers.
What really happened to little Sky? Crime Watch Daily goes knocking on the door of the one person who holds the key to this mystery: Julia Biryukova.