Police confirmed yesterday that actress Misty Upham, most recently seen in the film August: Osage County, has been missing for days. Her parents have taken to the internet in an attempt to raise awareness of their missing daughter, and for information as to her whereabouts.
According to authorities, "Officers responded to her apartment where she lives with her parents on Sunday for a suicidal call… When our officers got there, she had already packed up some belongings and left the apartment, so the officers were not able to contact or find her."
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Other media outlets, such as People, claim that Upham was "stressed over money" and with her career.
Today, Upham's father, Charles Upham, released a statement on Facebook reading, in part:
"I would like to clarify circumstances regarding Misty's disappearance. In my opinion the media has spun an inaccurate perspective. So far articles read: Actress stressed over money and career, Father fears suicide.
Police reports suggest the Misty packed her bags and left to on her own. The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great. As her father I do not fear she committed suicide. I feel that she has been hurt by accident or someone has put her in harms way. I didn't appreciate the press release from Auburn PD that she simply packed a bag and left. Now they have the general public thinking that Misty just decided to leave home for awhile.
Misty left in a psychodic state of mind with the clothes she had on and her shoulder bag. All if her clothes and other belonging are still here. This is the first time in 32 years we have lost contact with her and she stopped contact with everyone. This raises a serious red flag for me but apparently law enforcement officials disagree. I guess high profile individuals disappear without a trace every day of the week around here. Some of the people that met her or worked with her for a few months are weighing in with their own conclusions and people are accepting it as the gospel. They don't really know her. TMZ called her sister try to get a story and the first thing they ask is "do you think she is dead?, did she commit suicide?" How insensitive can you be at a time like this.
We are heart broken and very frightening that we may never see her again. We are not getting much rest and everyday we have to look at her belonging, the food she cooked still in the fridge, her pets and unanswered social media post just waiting for her to come back and resume where she left off. I invited the media to cover the story for one purpose only, to help get the word out that she is missing and let people know we need help in finding her. We, her family, have limited resources and we tried to start a fund campaign to generate financial help. We are finding out that process of finding a missing person is both costly and time consuming. But some have ridiculed us for using this tragic event for profit so we pulled the online request. If I had the money I would have hired a private investigator, organize a search team and search dogs on the day she disappeared."
The press release continues with facts about Misty that her father hopes with help people relate and identify with his missing daughter, and help find her.
After the disappearance, her family started a crowdfunding page on FUNDLY, in an effort to raise the money needed for the search. However, according to Charles Upham, a string of hurtful, negative, and accusatory responses from people on the internet all but forced them to cancel the campaign.
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The 32-year-old Upham, a Native American actress, is perhaps best known for her recent role in August: Osage County, and has also appeared in Django Unchain, Big Love, and Frozen River, among others.
Those with information related to the missing actress should call the Auburn police department at (253) 288-2121, case no. 14-13189.