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Melissa was last seen in Los Angeles, California on March 16, 2006. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Ryoko Uchiyama. A photograph and vital statistics for Uchiyama are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for child custody deprivation was issued for her on on March 27, 2006, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for her on May 15, 2006.
Uchiyama and Melissa's father, Patrick Braden, lived together but never married. Patrick stated that when Melissa was 11 months old, Uchiyama abruptly announced she was moving back to her native Japan and taking the child with her. Patrick did not want to be separated from his daughter and went to family court to dispute the move. Uchiyama 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 Uchiyama may be living in Japan with Uchiyama's parents, but Melissa's exact whereabouts are unknown and her case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd.
Date of Birth: October 15, 1973
Age at disappearance: 32 years old
Weight and Height: 5'7, 105 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Japanese female. Black hair, brown eyes. Uchiyama was born in Japan and is a Japanese citizen. She is believed to have had training as a kindergarten schoolteacher. She enjoys antique shopping. Uchiyama may use the last name Lin or the first name Ayoko. She has a scar on her abdomen.
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Los Angeles, California Office