'Frozen River' actress Misty Upham found dead

Actress Misty Upham, who played the role of a housekeeper in the Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep starrer 'August: Osage Couty', has been found dead 11 days after she went missing.

PTI| Updated: Oct 17, 2014, 12:46 PM IST
'Frozen River' actress Misty Upham found dead

Los Angeles: Actress Misty Upham, who played the role of a housekeeper in the Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep starrer 'August: Osage Couty', has been found dead 11 days after she went missing.

The 32-year-old actress' body was found in Seattle, Washington ravine yesterday afternoon, the spokesperson for her family has confirmed, reportedly. Upham was reported missing by her father on October 6, and was last seen leaving her apartment on Sunday in Auburn, Washington.

"We waited at the site where the team found the body. It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we're all gathered at the church," said Tracy Rector, a longtime friend of Upham. He was also part of the search party.

Upham's cause of death has not yet been determined. Her father had earlier said she suffered from bipolar disorder and was off her medication when she disappeared, leading him to believe that she may have been suicidal. Rector said the family felt differently.

"The family has stated that, after seeing the body, they still do not feel that Misty Upham committed suicide," Rector said. Rector also indicated that the family is enraged at the Auburn Police Department for what they say is a lack of assistance in the search to locate Upham.

"First and foremost, 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 October 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," the filmmaker said.

There has been a huge outpouring of grief via social media from Upham's friends, fans and colleagues, including Meryl Streep and her 'Frozen River' co-star Melissa Leo.

"So so sad to hear this news, all our thoughts are with her family and with her beautiful spirit," Streep said. 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."