Melissa Braden - LF POSTER


Melissa Braden Age Progressed to 9 Years Old

Melissa Braden Age Progressed to 9 Years Old

Melissa Braden

Melissa Braden

Melissa Braden

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.


Ryoko Uchiyama

Ryoko Uchiyama

Ryoko Uchiyama

Date of Birth: October 13, 1973

— Female

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:





~ by LTWH on January 5, 2012.

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