It is with a heavy heart that we have confirmation that it is Misty Upham's body that was found this afternoon. It was the efforts of her family, friends and the Native community that made it possible for her to be located. The family wants it to be known that the Auburn Police did not help in this investigation at all. Native women matter and her family's concerns and requests for help should have been taken seriously. Prayers for Misty and her family. (I am posting at her family's request.
Source: Tracyrector at Instagram
A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that 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 roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County — who was first reported missing on Oct. 6. The King County Coroner's Office will address the media about the case on Friday.
According to Seattle-based filmmaker Tracy Rector, a longtime friend of Upham's, it was Robert Upham, the missing woman's uncle and the organizer of a search party that went out looking for her three days ago, who, along with two other searchers, found her body. And it was Charles Upham, her father, who confirmed her identity to the authorities.
Upham's cause of death has not yet been determined.
In the hours after the news broke, there was a huge outpouring of grief via social media from Upham's friends, fans and colleagues. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively obtained comments from two of Upham's most prominent costars, August's Meryl Streep and Frozen River's Melissa Leo.
Streep, who played the matriarch of the family for which Upham served as a caretaker 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 from Canada into America in Frozen River, wrote, "Such a loss... so sad, so so sad."
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#RIPMistyUpham I am in shock and greif. I pray the police do a murder investigation. They're saying not "foul play" when ofcourse it is.— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) October 17, 2014
#RIPMistyUpham Misty spoke out alot against injustices within Native community. And had known enemies. Police must do an investigation.— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) October 17, 2014
I cant sleep. Too much darkness. I feel so sad about Misty. I know she has more to say. And about how she died. #RIPMistyUpham— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) October 17, 2014
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