The mysterious death of Misty Upham, who appeared in “Frozen River” and “August: Osage County”, was first reported as a suicide.
But Washington State authorities have revealed Upham’s death was caused by blunt-force injuries to her head and torso. Was she actually murdered?
The Native American actress died from the traumatic injuries, but the exact cause of her death was ruled as “undetermined” by the Kings County Medical Examiner on Wednesday.
The cause of death is normally ruled as suicide, homicide, accidental, or natural.
Upham, 32, died from her fatal injuries on October 5. Her body was not discovered for over a week when it was found at the bottom of a ravine.
Misty’s family contacted police after she disappeared and complained that police were not doing enough to locate her.
Her relatives launched their own search and discovered Misty Upham’s body in a wooded area on October 16. Auburn police believe her death was caused by a fall.
Upham’s father said he doesn’t believe Misty committed suicide, even though she had struggled with mental illness for years.
The star’s father, Charles Upham, stated, “We believe that Misty’s death was accidental. She did not commit suicide. We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. 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.”
Charles Upham said his daughter was afraid of Auburn police after cops picked her up for an involuntary transport to a hospital.
He adds, “She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car”.
Auburn Police said they never received complaints of mistreatment after responding to five separate incidents involving the actress since July 2013.
Police also said they did not “ignore” Upham’s disappearance.
Misty’s former co-star, Juliette Lewis, had suggested her late friend had been targeted and possibly murdered in previous social media posts.
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