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Police looking for Roberta Louise Braden, last seen near South Mountain

Roberta Braden
Posted at 9:44 AM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 21:57:12-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are looking for an 80-year-old woman who was last seen near South Mountain last weekend.

Roberta Louise Braden reportedly went missing on Sunday, May 1 near 31st Way and East Caldwell Street, on the northeast side of South Mountain.

Friends and family of Braden say she also goes by Bobbie. She was visiting her son in Phoenix when she went missing.

Braden's son Justin Powell says she suffers from dementia, causing her to be easily confused or lost.

Braden is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes.

Roberta Braden

Police say she was last seen wearing a possibly cheetah print or similar golf shirt, dark pants, and white golf shoes.

Flyers dot the trails and neighborhoods around South Mountain.

"Every day I go out, I feel like this is the day," said Bobbie's son, Justin Powell. "This is the day I'm going to find her."

Powell says he thought she went to bed Sunday night, but discovered she wasn't in her room Monday.

"Someone reported seeing her at the top of Javelina Trailhead or Javelina Trail right before it meets Ridgeline and that was 6:45 p.m. Sunday night," Powell said.

Tobi Williams, someone who doesn't know Braden, saw a post on social media and stepped up to help.

"My grandfather suffered from Alzheimer's and dementia is personal to our family," said Williams. "I understand the struggle. I understand how scary it is when your loved one goes missing."

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Phoenix Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 602-534-2121 or There is a $5,000 award.