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Missing Melissa Hinako Braden new case information posted as of May 15th 2020

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Missing Melissa Hinako Braden

Left and Center: Melissa, approximate date 2006;
Right: Age-progression to age 9 (approximate date 2014)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

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

Type: Family Abduction

Date of Birth: April 6, 2005 Age at disappearance: 11 months old

Weight and Height: 2'8, 26 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Asian/White) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Melissa has a dark-colored birthmark on her right shoulder, a small reddish birthmark on the back of her neck inside the hairline, and a dark-colored birthmark on her lower back. She may go by her middle name, Hinako, or the nickname Hina. She is of Japanese descent and may use the last name Uchiyama.

Details of disappearance and psychic work by Brian Ladd (login to view entire case as of May 2020)


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.
Ryoko Uchiyama

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