UPDATE (10/17): ‘August: Osage County’ actress Misty Upham dead at 32
ORIGINAL POST: Eight days after actress Misty Upham was reported missing, there has been a development in the case after a body was found in Auburn, Wash., on Thursday afternoon.
Around 1 p.m. police found a body near the White River. They have yet to identify the body, but the body was found with a purse containing identification of the August: Osage County actress.
Police spokesman Steve Stocker told The Seattle Times that there’s a “good chance” that the body is of Upham.
Upham was reported missing on Oct. 6. The day before she was reported missing, her family called police to report that Upham was at their home in south Auburn and was suicidal, according to The Times.
The official statement from the Auburn Police Department reads:
“At approximately 1pm this afternoon, the Auburn Police Department received a call that a body had been found in a wooded area near Forest Ridge Dr. in Auburn. The body was found at the bottom of a 150 embankment near the White River.
The body was recovered by a family member of Misty Upham’s family who was in the area searching for her.
A purse containing identification of Misty Upham was at the scene, however, at this time the medical examiner has not made a positive identification nor a determination of cause of death.
Auburn Police and Valley Regional Fire Authority are on scene attempting to recover the body.”
Her family has not yet commented on the development. In a statement on Oct. 12 on the actress’ Facebook page, her father, Charles, wrote that while his daughter “has suffered mental illness most of her life”—including bipolar anxiety disorder, bouts of depression and panic attacks—“she is not a nut case.”
“I would like to clarify circumstances regarding Misty’s disappearance,” he wrote. “In my opinion the media has spun an inaccurate perspective. So far articles read: Actress stressed over money and career, Father fears suicide. Police reports suggest the Misty packed her bags and left to on her own. The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great. As her father I do not fear she committed suicide. I feel that she has been hurt by accident or someone has put her in harms way.”
This story is developing.