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    Actress Misty Upham found dead after going missing

         

    A family spokeswoman has confirmed that a body found in a ravine near Seattle is 32-year-old actress Misty Upham.

    Upham, known for roles in August: Osage County and Django Unchained, had been missing since 6 October.

    Her body was found following a search of the area by friends
    and family. Her father, Charles Upham, confirmed her identity to the
    authorities.

    The Native American actress was understood to have suffered from bipolar disorder.

    Police Commander Steve Stocker said there was presently no evidence or information “to believe there is foul play.”

    At the time of her disappearance, her father expressed
    concern that the actress was off her medication and may have been
    suicidal.

    However, film-maker Tracy Rector – a long-time friend and
    spokesperson for the family, said: “The family has stated that, after
    seeing the body, they still do not feel that Misty Upham committed
    suicide.”

    The body was found by a family member during a search of the
    area on Thursday. A purse with identification belonging to Upham was
    reportedly found at the scene.

    Upham cropped her hair and gained a significant amount of weight to play Lila in Frozen River

    Ms Rector suggested there was hostility between local police
    and the Native American community who live on the Muckleshoot
    reservation, where Upham had been staying.

    “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,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

    Actress Juliette Lewis tweeted that Upham “spoke out a lot
    against injustices within the Native community. And had known enemies.
    Police must do an investigation”.

    Lewis later tweeted: “I can’t sleep. Too much darkness. I
    feel so sad about Misty. I know she has more to say. And about how she
    died.”

    Upham, who played the housekeeper in the 2013 film August:
    Osage County with Meryl Streep, bemoaned the fact that, as a Native
    American, she was typically cast as “a maid, or a prisoner”.

    She once described herself as “painfully shy”.

    “When I’m in front of the camera, or talking to people as an
    actress, and not as myself, it’s like I become another person. Somehow
    possessed with somebody who is worth talking to. Because at home people
    could care less about what I have to say,” she said.

    “So, so sad to hear this news — all our thoughts are with her
    family and with her beautiful spirit,” Streep commented to the
    Hollywood Reporter, on learning of Upham’s death.

    Upham was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her
    supporting role as new mum Lila in the 2008 film Frozen River, in which
    she co-starred with the Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo, who called
    her death “such a loss.”.

    Animal charity Peta said: “The world will be a colder place
    without Misty’s warm heart, and she will be sorely missed at PETA. She
    was extremely kind and cared deeply about animals; constantly calling
    for protection for the bears suffering in roadside zoos on tribal land, a
    call we will carry forward in her honour.”

    According to her family, Upham moved to the Seattle area to
    help care for Mr Upham, who had suffered a stroke. She was reportedly
    staying on the Muckleshoot reservation, and was last seen walking from
    an apartment south of Seattle.

    (BBC News)  

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    Anonymous
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    I definitely felt like she deserves hew own topic. 

    When I heard about her disappearance, I was hopeful about her chances to survive, but unfortunately it’s not the case. She was Oscar-worthy in “Frozen River” and I liked all her small cameos in other movies like “August: Osage County” or “Django Unchained”. Yes, she deserved more in Hollywood, yes, she deserved more in life, but for some reason, she only lived for 32 years. Rest in Peace Misty, you will be very missed!

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    From Juliette Lewis Twitter Page.  This may not be a Suicide and calling for a Murder Investigation.

    *****

     · 1h1 hour ago

    I cant sleep. Too much darkness. I feel so sad about Misty. I know she has more to say. And about how she died.

      · 2h2 hours ago

    : Lovely article Brian.
    http://www.distinctlymontana.com/article/misty-upham 

    View conversation Auburn, WA  Juliette Lewis retweeted  · Oct 1

    Barbaric. Little bird I found tied by it’s leg on Muckleshoot reservation.

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    View more photos and videos More  Juliette Lewis retweeted  · Sep 28

    Indian Trader just followed me. Please everybody, alter your speech. Censor yourself and walk on eggshells so not to hurt their feelings…

     · 2h2 hours ago

    I cant sleep. Too much darkness. I feel so sad about Misty. I know she has more to say. And about how she died.

      Juliette Lewis retweeted  · Oct 1

    Barbaric. Little bird I found tied by it’s leg on Muckleshoot reservation.

    View more photos and videos    

     Juliette Lewis retweeted

     · Sep 28

    Indian Trader just followed me. Please everybody, alter your speech. Censor yourself and walk on eggshells so not to hurt their feelings…

      Juliette Lewis retweeted  · 2h2 hours ago

    in Canada, native women are prone to violence and murder while our PM looks the other way. Very sad.

     · 2h2 hours ago

    Misty spoke out alot against injustices within Native community. And had known enemies. Police must do an investigation.

     · 2h2 hours ago

    I am in shock and greif. I pray the police do a murder investigation. They’re saying not “foul play” when ofcourse it is.

     · 3h3 hours ago

    Misty Upham survived many things that many don’t early on in life. She fought for the voiceless…

     · 14h14 hours ago

    My friend is missing! READ RT

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    RIP 

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    Etchie
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2797995/misty-fell-hear-death-running-away-police-family-django-unchained-actress-claim-auburn-officers-teased-taunted-star-went-missing-refused-search-her.html

    ‘Misty fell to her death while running away from police’: Family of Django Unchained actress claim Auburn officers ‘teased and taunted’ star before she went missing and then refused to search for her

    • Bombshell statement by relatives was posted on Facebook
    • Says she had recently been placed in an ‘involuntary transport’ to ER by officers who ‘tapped on the window of patrol car’ as she cried  
    • Added to claims she was afraid of police ‘for a good reason’ 
    • As she fled her apartment they say she simply ‘did not see drop’ 
    • The 32-year-old was found dead in Seattle woodland by her uncle  
    • He was forced to set up his own search party because police ‘didn’t help’  
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