How sad. On October 16th in Auburn, Washington police reported that they may have found the body of actress Misty Upham.
The “August: Osage County” star went missing on October 6th after going off of her medication for bipolar disorder.
Misty’s uncle has confirmed that the body has been identified as Misty’s. Misty’s body was found near the White River in Washington.
The body of Misty Upham was discovered 150 feet down a steep, heavily wooded ravine. It took police almost five hours to retrieve her corpse.
The young actress was last seen leaving her apartment in Auburn, Washington on October 5th. Her family later revealed their fears that she may be suicidal, saying that she had recently changed her medication, so she was sort of having erratic behavior. “She told me and her mom that we didn’t have to worry about her any more. I thought it sounded suicidal myself, so I called the police. She’s always been a suicidal person,” Misty’s father revealed.
Charles and Mona, Misty’s parents, tried to report her missing on October 6th but the actress didn’t qualify as a missing person. Mona and her family were “disappointed” by the alleged inaction on part of the Auburn police department, believing that Misty’s Native American heritage may have been an influence:
“I think my daughter is alive and needs help. 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 bank card, 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.”
The actress was a Native American who belonged to the Blackfoot tribe. The tribe got its name because of the dark-coloured moccasins worn by its members. There are believed to be 25,000 Blackfoots remaining today, 10,000 in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.
Upham’s manager, Richard Kerner, paid tribute to his late client: “Misty was a talented and kind soul who will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.”
Beside from “August: Osage County,” in which she starred next to the legendary Meryl Streep, Misty’s work includes roles in “Django Unchained” and “Frozen River.”
Misty Upham was also a great advocate against animal cruelty and she worked with PETA on many occasions.