AUBURN, WASHINGTON — One day after Native actress Misty Upham disappeared into the night, her father, Charles Upham, went to the Auburn Police Department to report his daughter missing.
The “August: Osage County” actress has not been seen since Sunday, October 5, 2014. With each passing day, her parents and immediate family become more and more anxious and fearful.
“It has been nine days since we saw her and we are worried,” Upham’s father said during a telephone interview with Native News Online on Tuesday. “We fear she is out there in a ditch in a forest still alive, but cannot call for help. Or she could be being held against her will somewhere.”
Upham left her sister’s apartment near the Muckleshoot Casino on her own freewill on the Sunday evening wearing a black t-shirt; purple sweater; gray sweatpants and silver tennis shoes.
“I think it is important for the media to let people know Misty cut her hair. She does not have long hair she had in movies,” Upham said.
She did not take any personal belongings with her except for her cell phone, which would have run out of a charge by now, and her California driver license.
“The Auburn Police have not listed her as an endangered missing person because there does not appear to be foul play involved,” Charles Upham continued to Native News Online. “We have been to the police department three or four times and they say her disappearance does not qualify her as an endangered missing person. And, we have even contacted the Seattle Police Department, which will follow the lead of the Auburn Police Department.”
Misty Upham (Blackfoot) has been missing since October 5, 2014.
Since Misty’s disappearance, Charles Upham, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered earlier this year, spent time in a local hospital because of chest pains.
“They told me the stress from this caused me experience chest pains,” Upham said.
“It has been real difficult because I need help. Basically, it has been me and my family so far trying to find Misty. Since she is not on the endangered missing person’s list, the police department is not going to assign officers to actively look for her.”
“People want to help. I have been getting emails and phone calls, but I don’t have an organized place to have volunteers come to. I need help,” continued Charles Upham.
Anyone with information relating to Upham’s whereabouts should contact the Auburn Police Department at 253-288-2121. Refer to case number: 14-13189.