Name: Roberta “Bobbie” Louise Braden
Age: 80 years old
Last seen: May 1, 2022
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Status: Found deceased in November 2022
80 year old Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Braden was last seen on the evening of May 1, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was last seen in the area of South 31st Way and East Caldwell Street.
On the evening of May 1 2022, Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Brown left her family’s south Phoenix home unannounced, in the area of of South 31st Way and East Caldwell Street on the northeast side of South Mountain.
Is is believed she went out for an evening walk, which isn’t unusual for her. However, Roberta never made it back.
Roberta has Alzheimer’s disease, and may not realize she is lost. The condition may cause her to be confused, and she is known to get easily lost.
Over 200 volunteers have been searching Phoenix to find Roberta, employing drones, K9 units, electronic billboards, and passing out flyers.
The day after Roberta disappeared a tip came in stating Roberta was seen hiking the Javelin Trail at 6:45 pm on May 1, near the area where the trail meets Ridgeline.
On May 5, 2022, there was a confirmed sighting of Roberta near 48th and Piedmont.
On May 8, 2022, there was a credible sighting of Roberta near Arizona Mills in Tempe. The tip came in from a food delivery driver who believes he spoke with her at the McDonalds drive-thru.
A tip came in about a possible sighting on May 22 near South Desert Foothills and Liberty, however video footage confirmed it was not Roberta.
Roberta Found Deceased
On November 21, 2022, Phoenix police received a call about possible human remains found in a remote area of South Mountain. They were sent off for testing and later identified as belonging to Roberta. The remains were reportedly found off a trail, about a half mile from where she wast last seen.
Authorities do not suspect foul play at this time, but have not yet given an estimate as to when Braden may have died.
Her family will be establishing a scholarship in her name at Slippery Rock University, where Braden taught for 30 years.
Caucasian female born on March 7, 1942. She has brown hair, green eyes, stands 5’6 tall, and weighs 150 pounds.
Clothing & accessories:
Roberta was possibly wearing a cheetah print or similar golf shirt, dark color pants, and white golf shoes.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Louise Braden please contact the Phoenix Police Department Missing Persons Unit at (602) 534-2121, or Crime Stop at (602) 262-6151.
There is a $25,000 reward being offered in Roberta’s case.
Resources & Further Information
News & Media Links
Reward Offered For Information About Missing Metro Phoenix Woman Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Braden – AZ Central
Family Searching for Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Braden Missing Since May 1 – 12News
The Search For Roberta Louise Braden Continues By Authorities, Volunteers – Fox10
Police Looking For Roberta Braden, Last Seen Near South Mountain – ABC15
Friends, Family Search For Missing Phoenix Woman With Dementia – AZFamily
Search Intensifies For Missing Woman With Alzheimer’s After New Lead – AZFamily
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