Misty Upham Dead at 32: Missing Actress' Body Found in Washington State

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Missing actress Misty Upham has now been confirmed dead, according to a spokesperson for her family, who confirmed what many had feared.

A body found in a Seattle, Wash., ravine on Thursday afternoon is, as was widely suspected, that of the 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist.

Best known for her notable roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County, her family reported Misty Upham missing back on October 6.

According to Seattle-based filmmaker Tracy Rector, a longtime friend of Upham's, it was Robert Upham, the missing woman's uncle who found her.

He had been the organizer of a search party that went looking for her three days ago. Charles Upham, her father, confirmed her identity to police.

"We waited at the site where the team had found the body," said Rector, who also was a part of the ongoing search party, late Thursday evening.

Then "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."

Upham's cause of death has not yet been determined.

On October 10, her father reported that Upham suffered from bipolar disorder and was off her medication when she disappeared, possibly suicidal.

Rector said the family felt differently last night, and "has stated that, after seeing the body, they still do not feel that Misty Upham committed suicide."

Rector also indicated that the family is enraged at the Auburn, Wash., P.D. for what they say is a lack of assistance in the search to locate Upham.

"First and foremost," she told The Hollywood Reporter, "the family wants everyone to know that the Auburn police did not help with this situation at all."

In fact, she notes, "They refused to help."

"When she disappeared October 5, the family knew something was seriously wrong. It was out of character for her to be gone so long without being in touch."

They went to the police, who insisted there was no cause for concern, or at least there was nothing they could do to have this classified a missing persons case.

Regardless, it's tragic by any measure.

In the hours after the news broke, there was a predictably huge outpouring of grief via social media from Upham's friends, fans and colleagues.

Streep, who starred with her in August: Osage County, wrote, "So so sad to hear this news ... all our thoughts are with her family and with her beautiful spirit."

Leo, whose character collaborated with Upham's to smuggle illegal immigrants into America in Frozen River, wrote, "Such a loss... so sad, so so sad."


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