Melissa Hinako Braden
North American Missing Persons Network
Melissa Hinako Braden

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Above Image: Braden, circa 2006 Right; AP to age 9

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 16, 2006 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: April 6, 2005
  • Age: 11 months
  • Height: 2'8"
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Race: Japanese/White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: 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.
  • Alias: May use the first name "Hinako" or "Hina"
    and the last name "Uchiyama"
  • Case Number: NCMC1040116 / 06-0108597
  • NCIC Number: M395634692

  • Details of Disappearance
    Melissa was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Ryoko Uchiyama. 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 Saitama, Japan.

    Above Images: Ryoko Uchiyama, circa 2006

  • Date Of Birth: October 15, 1973
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Race: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scaron lower abdomen

  • Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (California)
    (213) 974-3607
    Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit
    (213) 996-1800

    Source Information
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Polly Klaas Org