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August: Osage County actress Misty Upham’s body has been found–she went missing on October 6th, near her home in Washington. The 32-year-old actress’ father Charles Upham does not believe his daughter killed herself, but may have accidentally died, possibly from slipping off a steep embankment according to a statement he released on Facebook.
“She did not commit suicide. We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop-off.”
Upham believed his daughter feared the Auburn PD, who she says taunted her, but that she also suffered mental illness ( she had bipolar disorder and was off her medicine. Police had also been called to her home recently over threats of suicide).
“Misty was afraid of the Auburn PD officers with good reason,” Upham said of his daughter. “In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car. Because it was dark they couldn’t see that we, her family, were outside our apartment just across the street witnessing this behavior.
“They were tapping on the window making faces at her. Misty was crying and she told them, ‘You can’t treat me like this. I’m a movie actress and I will use my connections to expose you.’ Then another officer walked up to her asked, ‘Are you a movie star? Then why don’t [you] complain to George Clooney!'”
So very sad and so very young!
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