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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Medical Examiner’s office confirms death of actress Misty Upham

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Update 3:35 p.m.:

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday afternoon identified Misty Upham as the woman whose death is being investigated by Auburn police.

A medical examiner’s office investigator said the 32-year-old woman’s cause and manner of death remain under investigation. The investigator said that Upham died on Oct. 5

Original post: A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed that a body found in an Auburn ravine on Thursday was that of the missing actress.

Seattle-based filmmaker Tracy Rector, a longtime friend of the Upham family, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the body is that of the Native-American actress. Rector said Robert Upham, the missing woman’s uncle and the organizer of a search party, found the body with two other searchers.

Charles Upham, her father, confirmed her identity to police, Rector told The Hollywood Reporter.

A purse containing Upham’s identification was found at the scene.

Auburn police have said the body is likely that of Upham, but it will be up to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office to officially confirm the identity.

Upham, 32, was reported missing by her parents Oct. 6 after she disappeared from the Auburn area.

Meanwhile, police reiterated Friday they have no reason to believe Upham’s death was the result of foul play, as friend and former co-star Juliette Lewis has claimed in a series of tweets.

Lewis, who co-starred with Upham in the 2013 film “August: Osage County,” has urged police to launch a murder investigation.

In a series of tweets, Lewis writes, “RIP MistyUpham I am in shock and greif (sic). I pray the police do a murder investigation. They’re saying not ‘foul play’ when of course it is … Misty spoke out a lot against injustices within Native (American) community. And had known enemies. Police must do an investigation (sic).”

Although the medical examiner has yet to release the cause and manner of Upham’s death, Auburn police spokesman Cmdr. Steve Stocker wrote in an email to The Times: “At this time we do not have any information to believe there is foul play.”

Upham was best known for her role as housekeeper Johnna Monevata in “August: Osage County,” in which she acted alongside Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Lewis.

 

| More in The Blotter | Topics: Auburn Police Department, Juliette Lewis, Misty Upham


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