Search parties scoured a 20-block area, but it was to no avail. Despite hunting high and low, the authorities could find no trace of two-year-old Sky Elijah Metalwala. On November 6, 2011, the toddler was apparently snatched from a parked car in the city of Bellevue, Washington. His mother Julia Biryukova said that she left him unattended while she went to find a gas station on foot. But when she returned to the vehicle, Sky was gone.
So far, police have spent more than $2 million and 14,000 working hours trying to find the missing boy. Furthermore, Bellevue Police Department, Redmond Police Department and the FBI have followed up in excess of 2,500 tips without making a breakthrough. Consequently, investigators are wondering if there may be more to the story than meets the eye.
Indeed, they now believe that Biryukova may not have told them the whole truth. “Her story is inconsistent with the evidence that we do have,” Bellevue police chief Steve Mylett told Q13 News This Morning in November 2016. “Her statements to police at the time that she reported Sky missing were not supported by the evidence and the facts as we know them.”