Misty Upham's Family Says Death Was An Accident, Not Suicide

by 2:46 PM PDT, October 17, 2014
Playing Misty Upham's Family Says Death Was An Accident, Not Suicide

The father of Misty Upham, the August: Osage County actress whose body was found at the bottom of a 150-foot ravine on Thursday in a Seattle suburb, said that her death was an accident -- not suicide, despite a history of depression, and not murder, as her friend, actress Juliette Lewis, suggested was possible.

Auburn, Wash. police did not release a cause of death, but Commander Steve Stocker said in a statement on Friday, “We do not have any evidence or information to believe there is foul play.”

“We believe Misty’s death was accidental,” Charles Upham wrote on Facebook on Friday. 

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“We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police,” Upham continued. “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.”

Her family also claimed the local police did not do enough to help in the search to locate Misty during the almost two weeks she was missing, and that officers have allegedly mistreated her during past incidents in which Misty had been taken to the hospital against her will.

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In an exclusive interview with ET on October 13, Charles said that Misty had a history of psychiatric problems. “She started slipping into bouts of panic attacks, depression and anxiety,” he told ET. Still, he was confident then that Misty would not have taken her own life. “She told me when she was coherent and herself, she said, ‘Dad, I would never commit suicide.’”

The Auburn, Wash., police department did not immediately respond to ET’s request for further comment.