Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn announced Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, as a woman’s body was found in a ravine near the White River around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Upham was known for her roles in August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained.
The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after they told police she was suicidal.
Police spokesman Steve Stocker said that items with Upham’s name on them were found near the officially unidentified body. A family friend found the body while a group of friends and family were searching in the area.
A three-person search party, which included one of Upham’s family members, was canvassing the forest near the White River, south of Seattle when they found Upham’s purse and ID. They searched a ravine, discovered a body and called 911.
Auburn police spokesman Steve Stocker told the Seattle Times that the body was found over a cliff in a wooded area and there was a “good chance” it was Upham, although no official identification has been made yet.
The family said Upham had moved to the Seattle area to help care for her father, who’s recovering from a stroke. She had been staying on the Muckleshoot reservation.
Law enforcement officials said the Native American actress had been staying with a relative on the Muckleshoot reservation near to where the body was found when she disappeared.
Moreover Upham’s father said that she suffered from bipolar disorder, bouts of depression and anxiety, but didn’t think she was suicidal. “The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great,” he wrote Sunday. “As her father I do not fear she committed suicide. I feel that she has been hurt by accident or someone has put her in harms way.”
Misty’s parents, Charles and Mona, tried to report her missing on Oct. 6 but the actress didn’t qualify as a missing person, Commander Steve Stocker said.
“I think my daughter is alive and needs help,” Mona revealed. “We don’t have the money to hire a private investigator. We are putting up signs and calling the local hospitals every day. She only has ID with her. She didn’t take any credit cards or a bankcard, so it’s so difficult to know where she had been. Has someone taken her? We are praying for more help to find out daughter. We desperately need help and want the police to take this seriously.”
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