Bellevue Child Missing For Six Years

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the day that 2-year-old Sky Metalwala was reported missing, and Bellevue Police continue to seek leads in the case. On November 6th, 2011, 2-year-old Sky Metalwala was reported missing in Bellevue by his mother, Julia Biryukova. Julia reported that she left Sky in her vehicle after it ran out of gas in Bellevue. A police investigation revealed inaccuracies in Julia’s statement, including the fact that her car was not out of gas and had no mechanical problems. Julia spoke with investigators on the day she reported Sky missing, however has since refused to participate in the police investigation. Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, has been an active supporter of the effort to locate Sky. To date, investigators with the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, and Redmond Police Department have pursued over 2,500 tips, spent over 14,000 hours, and over 2 million dollars in this lengthy investigation, however Sky remains missing.

Police remain hopeful this case will be solved, and in May of 2017 an age progressed photo showing what Sky would look like as a seven-year-old boy was released (photo).

If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are urged to contact the Bellevue Police Department by contacting Investigations Captain John McCracken at 425-452-7658 or E-mail JMcCracken@bellevuewa.gov.

Bellevue Police Remind You To Be Safe And Be Seen This Halloween

Today, Bellevue Police remind drivers and trick-or-treaters to be safe and be seen this Halloween. Nationally, pedestrians are twice as likely to be struck by vehicles on Halloween than on other holidays. Below are some tips to keep you and your kids safe this Halloween:

Pedestrians can walk safely by:

  • Crossing the street only at lighted intersections, crosswalks, and at traffic signals
  • Looking both ways before crossing the street
  • Using sidewalks, if available
  • Watching for cars turning or backing up
  • Wearing bright or reflective clothing

Drivers can do their part by:

  • Watching out for kids crossing the street
  • Slow down and be especially alert
  • Refrain from any distractions in the vehicle, including electronic devices

Source: Be safe and be seen this Halloween.

Bellevue Police taking back unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bellevue Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Bellevue Police Department at the following locations:

• Bellevue City Hall, 2nd floor police lobby, 450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue
• Bellevue Police Crossroads substation, 15600 NE 8th St, unit C3, Bellevue
• Bellevue Police Factoria Mall substation, 4051 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue

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Bellevue’s Oldest Structure Damaged by Stolen Car

This past Friday at 5 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a building at Chism Beach Park in Bellevue. Officers arrived and located a white Kia sedan that had crashed into the Burrows cabin, Bellevue’s oldest surviving structure. A witness saw a suspect run from the car after the crash and get into a waiting getaway vehicle in the parking lot. Police learned that the Kia was a reported stolen vehicle out of Renton. The cabin was checked by Bellevue City Engineer and cleared, and the stolen vehicle was towed from the scene. The suspects were not located. The Burrows Cabin, built in 1883, was moved to Chism Beach Park from downtown Bellevue in 2016 (story).

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