Bellevue police search for missing 2-year-old boy
Aided by search dogs, police from Bellevue and King County combed a part of Bellevue known as Northtowne Sunday looking for 2-year-old Sky Metalwala. The boy's mother said she left the child in the car after she ran out of gas and went to get help, but that when she returned the boy was missing.
By Sanjay Bhatt / Seattle Times staff reporter / November 6, 2011
Seattle Times reporters Lynn Thompson and Craig Welch contributed to this report.
Police and search dogs fanned out in a wooded area of Bellevue on Sunday, looking for a 2-year-old boy after the child's mother discovered him missing from a car parked near the 2600 block of 112th Avenue N.E.
The parking lot of nearby Bellevue Montessori School, in a part of Bellevue called Northtowne near I-405 and Highway 520, filled with emergency vehicles as the search continued into the afternoon and then into the chilly evening. Officers suspended the search around 6 p.m. and had no immediate plans to continue in the morning.
"King County felt like they had done a very thorough search of a pretty wide area for the boy and were confident that he wasn't there," said Officer Carla Iafrate, spokeswoman for the Bellevue Police Department.
The search began after Bellevue police responded at 9:50 a.m. to a call from a woman who said she had run out of gas and left the child, Sky Metalwala, buckled into a car seat while she and her 4-year-old walked about a mile to a Chevron gas station.
There, police said, the mother called a friend. The mother told police the friend picked her up as she was walking back to her 4-door silver Acura, but when they reached the car, the boy was no longer there. The mother told police the car was not locked.
There was no sign of forced entry, police said.
"We don't know much, other than that the child is still missing," Iafrate said. "I don't know if the child got out on his own. We don't have very much information."
Police did not find a gas can at the car, Iafrate said.
The child has brown eyes and dark buzz-cut hair and was wearing a dark-green hooded sweatshirt and blue and gray striped pants.
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