ANOTHER TROUBLED STAR: Misty Upham's Family Believes Death was an Accident, Not Suicide

Noelle Talmon Noelle Talmon
Starpulse on October 18th, 2014 2:36pm EDT

Misty Upham

The family of actress Misty Upham believe the star’s death was accidental and that she did not commit suicide.In a Facebook post titled “Official Upham Family Press Release,” her father Charles and explains: “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. We searched near that area that evening she disappeared and missed seeing her purse by 25 feet.”Upham was reported missing nearly two weeks ago, and her body was found in Washington earlier this week near the White River in Auburn. A search party found a purse that contained the actress’s belongings and her identification near where the body was spotted — at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment.

The actress had been suffering from mental issues and recently changed her medication when she moved from California back to Washington to help care for her ailing father. However, Charles doesn’t believe she took her own life.

The family detailed in the Facebook post how Misty was scared of the Auburn police department after they mocked her when they previously picked her up for an involuntary transport to an emergency room.

They write: “After Misty arrived at the ER we went to see her and she has a swollen jaw, black eye and scratches and bruises on her shoulder. I asked the ER staff what happened and they said Misty was brought in like that. Misty said she couldn’t remember what happened but that’s why she feared the police.”

The family is also upset with the police for not classifying Misty as an “endangered” missing person. They also write that commander Steve Stocker “had animosity against Misty due to a previous encounter. Why else would he refuse to allow common sense to prevail? Imagine a 32 year old woman with mental illness, without her medication, imagine she left in an unstable mental state, imagine for the first time in 32 years she lost contact with everyone for 11 days. Now imagine she is Commander Stocker’s daughter. Do you think this case would have been handled differently?”

The 32-year-old actress most recently appeared opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County.”