Police : body found near river could be actress Misty Upham
Seattle ( AP + DIPLOMAT.SO) — Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” ”Frozen River” and “Django Unchained.”
A woman’s body was found in a ravine near the White River around 1 p.m. Thursday, police spokesman Steve Stocker said. Items with Upham’s name on them were found nearby.
Stocker said Thursday evening that the body had been turned over to a medical examiner to confirm the identification and determine the cause of death.
“Although we do not have positive identification of the body, it is presumed to be Misty Upham,” Stocker said in a statement. “At this point we do not have any evidence or information to believe there is foul play.”
A family friend found the body while a group of friends and family were searching in the area.
The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after they told police she was suicidal.
Misty Upham’s father, Charles Upham, told KIRO-FM his daughter was upset and erratic and had stopped taking medication for anxiety and bipolar disorder. He also expressed concern that his daughter was suicidal.
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.
There has been a huge outpouring of grief via social media from Upham’s friends, family and colleagues.
Upham’s “August: Osage County” co-star Meryl Streep opened up about the news to The Hollywood Reporter, “So sad to hear this news – all our thoughts are with her family and with her beautiful spirit.”
Melissa Leo, who starred in “Frozen River” with Upham, added, “Such a loss…so sad, so so sad.”For more news and stories, join us on Facebook,Twitter , or contact us through our Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org