Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Case of Missing Boy in Bellevue, Washington: Does It Pass the Smell Test?

On Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 8am, a mother and her two children allegedly ran out of gas around the 2400 block of 112thAvenue NE in Bellevue, Washington. Julia Valerie Biyukova claims she buckled her 2 year old son, Sky Metalwala, in his car seat and she and her 4 year old daughter, Mailie, walked to a Chevron gas station about a mile away. Julia claims she returned to the 3-door silver Acura, left on the side of the road, about an hour later and her son was gone.

A look on Google Maps at the intersection at 112th Avenue shows a few churches in the area, one,Bellewood Presbyterian Church, only about a half mile away. It can be assumed that there would be people at this church preparing for Sunday services, why did she not stop there and ask for help, knowing her young son was left alone?

There are serious questions surrounding the claims by this mother.

  • Why take one child and not the other?
  • Where was her iphone and why didn’t she use it to call for assistance?
  • If she ran out of gas, why did police not find a gas can at the car?
  • Why does the mother only lock the driver’s side of the car and not lock the remaining doors when she left her son in the car unattended?
  • Why didn’t she wait at the car with her children and flag down another driver? Clearly people stop to help when they see a mother and children in distress.

Sources report that Julia and her husband Solomon Metalwala married in 2003 were going through a divorce, and on her Facebook page she claims to have been awarded primary custody of both children in September, 2010. Even more disturbing is the fact that this couple was cited for leaving Sky then an infant, alone and unattended in a car, the case was dismissed by a judge after the couple agreed to probation, community service and ten weeks of parenting classes. Did Julia Biyukova not learn from that experience? It’s reported that the father has not had contact with the children since January, 2011. In addition, an audio recording we discovered as it relates to facilitating visitation of the minor children dated November 4, 2010 and another dated October 28, 2010 paints a totally different story.

The photo being used on the national news wires of Sky is from the mother’s album, dated April, 2011. She says that he was dressed similar to clothes shown in that photo when she left him strapped in the car seat.

There was no Amber Alert issued which clearly sends another red flag. Did this case not meet the criteria set forth? The FBI has also been brought into the case. It’s being reported that law enforcement spent most of the night in the apartment complex located in Redmond, WA where she and the children lived.

Sadly, this mother’s story, in my opinion does not pass the smell test!

Police would like to hear from anyone that may have travelled along 112th Ave N.E., between SR 520 and NE 24th Ave N.E., Sunday morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The missing boy is half Asian Indian and half Caucasian, 2-foot-2 and 39 pounds with brown eyes, a dark buzzcut hair and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black and aqua blue sweatpants and white socks.

The car is a silver, 1998 Acura Integra three-door coupe.

Anyone who saw these people or this vehicle on November 6 is asked to call (425) 452-2564 or email pdtipline@bellevuewa.gov

Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education as a educator and specialist with intimate partner violence prevention strategies directing prevention for high risk situations and cases.
A national trainer to law enforcement, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals, victim advocates and the faith based community. In partnership with Management Resources Ltd. of New York addressing prevention and solutions within the community to the workplace.
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