Actress Misty Upham missing; father calls for a police search
Actress Misty Upham, who appeared in films including August: Osage County and Frozen River, has been reported missing, the Seattle Times reported.
According to a Seattle Times report from Oct. 10, Upham’s father filed a missing-persons report Oct. 6. Commander Steve Stocker of the Auburn Police Department said she is not being treated as “endangered.” Stocker told People: “As far as the information we have, she took some things with her, she has a bus pass and even access to some money, and [the case] has been assigned to a detective, but we aren’t putting resources [to look for her].”
Upham’s father, Charles, posted an update on Upham’s Facebook page Sunday evening, in which he explained, “We are petitioning Auburn PD to implement the ENDANGERED MISSING PERSONS PLAN. This will allow law enforcement to search for her and bring her into medical care when they find her.” Charles Upham also described his daughter’s struggles with mental illness.
“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.”
The Auburn Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update: Stocker told EW that Upham is listed as a missing person. “The case is assigned to a detective,” Stocker said. “Even if we had her listed as an endangered missing person our resources would not change. The only thing that would change is there would be more of a media release.” Stocker added: “We don’t have any information that she’s missing at this point because of any suspicious circumstances.”