Melissa Hinako Braden

Missing Since: March 16, 2006
Missing From: Los Angeles, California

Melissa Hinako Braden
Melissa Hinako Braden aged to 14 yearsAged to 14 years

  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: April 6, 2005
  • Age Missing: 1
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Height: 2'8"
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • Gender: Female
  • Race: Biracial
  • Alias/Nickname: Hinako Uchiyama, Hina Uchiyama
Identifying Characteristics:

She has dark birthmarks on the small of her back and on her right arm at the shoulder. She also has a small reddish mark on the back of her neck inside the hairline.


Melissa was allegedly abducted by her mother, Ryoko Uchiyama (photo and information below). An FBI Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant was issued for the abductor on May 15, 2006. They are believed to have left the country and traveled to Japan.

Investigating Agencies:
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office:  1-213-974-3607
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):  1-310-477-6565
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678
Case Numbers:
  • Police Case #: 06-0108597
  • NCIC Case #: M-395634692
  • NCMEC Case #: 1040116

Abductor Information:

ABDUCTOR: Ryoko Uchiyama

Ryoko Uchiyama

Abductor Description:
  • Date of Birth: October 15, 1973
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Gender: Female
  • Race: Asian
Abductor Information:

She may go by the name Ayako Uchiyama. She has a scar on her lower abdomen.

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