Misty Upham (Blackfoot)
AUBURN, WASHINGTON— An individual close to the family of Native actress Misty Upham has confirmed to Native News Online that a search party found a body believed to be that of the 32-year actress.
Upham has been missing since she walked away into the night from a relative’s apartment near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, Washington on Sunday, October 5th.
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, a three-person search party discovered a purse belonging to the actress, then moments later a body in a ravine near the White River. The search party included a member of Upham’s family.
Auburn Police Department spokesman Steve Stocker told The Seattle Lines that there is a “good chance” the body is Upham’s. Stocker was unavailable when Native News Online called him late Thursday afternoon.
An official identification of the body has not been made at press time.
Upham was born in Kalispell, Montana, but grew up in Seattle. She has appeared in some dozen films including: “Skins,” “Skinwalkers,” “Frozen” and “August: Osage County.”
In “August: Osage County,” she played the role of Johanna Moneveta, the housekeeper to Meryl Streep’s character.
Upham has a role in the upcoming movie, “Cake” starring Jennifer Antison.
Upham moved to Auburn, 20 miles from Seattle, to care for parents. Her father, Charlie Upham, suffered a stroke earlier this year.