BELLEVUE, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – Washington detectives working to solve the mystery of missing 2-year-old Sky Metalwala have happened upon a potential lead in a recently-aired episode of “Law & Order: SVU.”
Bellevue police say that the plot of an episode called “Missing Pieces,” which aired this past Saturday, just hours before Sky’s disappearance, bears a striking resemblance to the circumstances surrounding the missing child.
“We have no idea if she watched it,” Carla Iafrate, public information officer for the Bellevue Police Department, told CBS Seattle. “It is being considered as part of the investigation.”
In the episode, a woman tells officers that her car was stolen, with her child still inside. The fictional mother had left her son unattended while going into a store. The parents of the missing child, who are going through a divorce, tell conflicting stories that lead investigators to try and figure out the truth of what has happened.
To Bellevue police, the plot bore a striking resemblance to the real-life circumstances surrounding Sky’s disappearance.
On Sunday morning, Sky’s mother, Julia Biryukova, reportedly ran out of gas while driving with her son and 4-year-old daughter.
Her car was not stolen, but she told police she did leave Sky unattended in the car while she and her daughter walked to a gas station several miles away. When she returned, Sky was missing.
It was discovered later that the car had ample gas to reach the gas station.
“The story doesn’t add up, the whereabouts of Sky are unknown, the mother’s story is falling apart day to day, and her lack of cooperation so far in regard to providing more information proactively and submitting to a polygraph, doesn’t help,” Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson told the Associated Press.
Reportedly, the boy’s father, Solomon Metalwala, has so far cooperated fully with the investigation.
In the “SVU” episode, the child in question was dead, and the parents attempted to hide the body, even though investigators on the show concluded that the child died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and absolved the parents of any guilt in his death.
No such conclusions have been reached in Sky’s case, and the investigation continues. A press conference regarding the investigation of the child’s whereabouts will be held at 10:30 a.m. PT.