Sad news! A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the actress has, in fact passed away.
The actress was reported missing on October 6. A body was then found in a ravine in Seattle, WA on Thursday afternoon, and it was confirmed that it was Misty, sadly. According to filmmaker and Misty’s friend Tracy Rector, Misty’s uncle Robert Upham, found her body, and her father, Charles Upham, confirmed that it was her to the authorities. “We waited at the site where the team found the body,” said Tracy, who had been a part of the search party. “It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we’re all gathered at the church.” Though her father had previously said that Misty suffered from bipolar disorder, and was off her medication when she went missing, leading him to believe that she could be suicidal. However, after seeing the body, the family felt that she didn’t.
The family is, however, angry with the Auburn Police Department, saying that the police slacked in helping with the search. “First and foremost,” Tracy continued in her interview with THR, “the family wants everyone to know that the Auburn police did not help with this situation at all. They refused to help. When she disappeared on Oct. 5, the family knew something was seriously wrong — it was out of character for her to be gone so long without being in touch — and they repeatedly went to the police, who insisted there was no cause for concern.”
This is a sad situation all around. Misty was only 32, and her cause of death is still unclear. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends!
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