Police say the boy was with his mother and 4-year-old sibling when they ran out of gas around 8 a.m. that morning. The woman took the 4-year-old with her and walked about a mile to a Chevron gas station, police said, leaving Sky behind.
At Chevron, the woman reportedly called a friend for help. She later told police her friend picked her up as she was walking back to her 2-door silver Acura, and when they reached the car, Sky was gone. The mother also told police the boy was strapped into his car seat when she left and she had locked the driver’s side door, but the other door was not locked.
Sky was reported missing at 9:50 a.m.
Investigators say the car seat was still in the car and there were no signs of forced entry. Police initiated a reverse 911 call in the area to alert residents, and King County Search and Rescue tracking dogs helped search the nearby wooded area. The search was suspended later that evening.
“They feel very confident they’ve been able to search the surrounding area where the child might have wandered off to,” said Officer Carla Iafrate with Bellevue police. “Our detectives with the Bellevue Police Department will be looking through the night, following up on other leads.”
An Amber Alert was not issued as this case hasn’t met the criteria needed to do so. At this point, police say there are no signs a crime or an abduction took place.
Sky is described as having brown eyes and dark, buzz-cut hair. He was last seen wearing a dark green hooded sweatshirt and blue and gray striped Carter pants. Police are asking anyone who sees the boy to call 911 immediately.
Sam Metalwala, the boy’s uncle, says Sky’s parents are going through a divorce after being married for about seven years. Both parents are said to be cooperating with authorities.Tags: Missing child, Sky Metalwala, Washington