MELISSA BRADEN – FAMILY ABDUCTION March 16, 2006 – USMCC000543LTWH ~ UPDATED 02.19.2015
Date of Birth: April 6, 2005
Biracial (Asian/White) Female
Height: 2’8” Weight: 26 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Missing: March 16, 2006 From: Los Angeles, CA
Distinguishing Features: She has a dark mark on her right shoulder and on her lower back.
Alias Name: Hinako/Hina Uchiyama
Melissa was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Ryoko Uchiyama. A federal warrant for child custody deprivation was issued for Ryoko on March 27, 2006, and an FBI warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for her on May 15, 2006.
Ryoko and Melissa’s father, Patrick Braden, lived together but never married. Patrick stated that when Melissa was 11 months old, Ryoko abruptly announced she was moving back to her native Japan and was taking Melissa with her. Patrick did not want to be separated from his daughter and went to family court to dispute the move. Ryoko was ordered to remain within the United States and to surrender her passport. Instead she fled to Japan with Melissa. Patrick believes his daughter and Ryoko may be living in Japan with Ryoko’s parents, but Melissa’s exact whereabouts are unknown.
Date of Birth: October 13, 1973
Height: 5’8” Weight: 120 lbs
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Distinguishing Features: She has a scar on her abdomen.
Alias First Name: Ayako
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Melissa Braden, please immediately contact The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: