The body of Misty Upham is believed to have been found, in a brief statement given by police in Auburn, Washington State.

Misty Upham
Misty Upham's body may have been found by an embankment in Washington State

The 32 year old Native American actress was reported missing by her father ten days ago on October 6th, and she was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment in Muckleshoot, 20 miles south of Seattle, the previous day. Auburn Police Commander Steve Stocker said that one of Upham’s relatives had alerted them to the presence of a body in a wooded area near the bottom of a 150-foot embankment near the White River.

A purse belonging to Upham was discovered at the scene, meaning that this sad case has likely met with a tragic end, although the medical examiner has not yet made a positive identification or established a cause of death.

Her father Charles Upham confirmed to police that she had been on medication for mental health problems, described as panic attacks and depression. "Misty has suffered from mental illness most of her life. With the help of her medical team and family support she is able to manage it well.”

However, he said that she had recently changed her medication and that that had caused some erratic behaviour, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week. Police also responded to calls emanating from that apartment in the immediate run-up.

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Misty Upham played the role of a housekeeper and caregiver to Meryl Streep’s character in last year’s excellent film August: Osage County. She also played roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained in 2012 and alongside Jennifer Aniston in this year’s drama Cake. In 2008, she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her part in the crime drama film Frozen River.