BELLEVUE, Wash. - FBI investigators are now lending their expertise in the case of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared supposedly after his mother left him in an unlocked car that had run out of gas.
Search teams went door-to-door and combed an area roughly 20 city blocks long on Sunday, Bellevue Police said. According to the boy's mother, Sky Metalwala disappeared from the 2400 block of 112th Ave N.E.
Police suspended the search in the wooded residential neighborhood around 6 p.m., but continued to follow up on other leads, including questioning the mother at headquarters.
"Search and rescue is confident that the child is nowhere in this area," said Carla Iafrate with Bellevue Police.
Investigators said the child's mother told them she ran out of gas and took her 4-year-old with her to go get help while leaving the 2-year-old in the car. About an hour later she returned to the vehicle and the baby was gone, she said.
The North Towne Chevron, a little less than a mile from the scene, said the woman called a friend from the gas station to come get her.
Iafrate said at least one of the car doors was unlocked, and that the vehicle started when they tested it, but cautioned that that was possible for a car that has been sitting there for some time.
Sky is half Asian Indian and half white, with brown eyes, dark buzzcut hair, wearing a dark green hooded sweatshirt and blue and gray striped Carter pants.
A spokesman for the boy's father said parents are going through a divorce and he hasn't had any contact with the children since January. Police say he is cooperating fully with the investigation.
According to court records, both parents were cited in December 2009 for leaving a child unattended. An attorney tells KING-5 back then the child was left in the car for a shorter period than Sunday's case, but a passerby in the parking lot spotted the child and called police.
Court records said among other stipulations, both parents were required to complete parenting courses.
"Right now we don't know, we can only go off what the mother told us," said Iafrate. "But we're going to search beyond that, and since we can't find the child right here in this area, we're going to be asking other questions."