Although Misty Upham battled with bipolar disorder and suffered from anxiety, her family and friends remain certain that the cause of her death which was announced Oct. 16, was not a result of suicide. In fact, those close to the talented actress believe ‘foul play’ may have been involved, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY reports.
The cause and manner of Misty Upham‘s shocking death remains unclear and “is pending investigation.” The only thing that is certain, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office, is that the Native American actress died on Oct. 5, the same day she went missing and the same day her parents called the Auborn Police to help find their daughter. Sadly, “the police did nothing,” according to her parents, and even questioned whether or not the 32-year-old was really bipolar, an Upham family friend tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Misty Upham Dead: Family And Friends Don’t Believe She Committed Suicide
Misty has threatened suicide many times in the past; in fact, her dad Charles told us “she’s always been suicidal.” However, her parents and friends don’t believe this is what ultimately caused her death.
“Misty’s family and friends think she may have slipped or foul play was involved. We don’t believe Misty committed suicide,” family friend Olivia Hart tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
According to another friend of Misty’s, the lead detective on the case never followed up on an important lead and “absolutely nothing was done.”
One day after her body was found in a ravine near near the White River in Washington, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office released a statement to HollywoodLife.com, telling us: “Misty Anne Upham, 32, died in Auborn, Washington on Oct. 5. The cause and manner is pending investigation.”
Misty’s Parents Begged The Police For Help
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Misty’s parents pleaded with the Auborn Police Dept. to help find their unstable daughter, but Commander Steve Stocker told them that she didn’t meet the criteria to be listed on the Endangered Missing Person’s List.
In fact, the Commander told HollywoodLife.com that he wasn’t fully convinced that Misty was even bipolar.
Stoker explained that even if they found Misty, they would not have to legally return her to her family, even though she was off of her bipolar medication and behaving erratically.
Did Misty’s Native American heritage play a role in the police department’s unwillingness to help the Upham family find their distraught daughter? Misty’s mom Mona certainly thinks so.
“I think if Misty was different-looking they would be doing a lot more to help find her,” Mona previously revealed to HollywoodLife.com. EXCLUSIVELY.
HollywoodLife.com reached out to Commander Steve Stocker again, this time after Misty’s body had been found by her uncle and two friends and he told us, “Being listed on the Endangered Missing Persons List would have made no difference at all.” Worth noting is that the police played no role in the search which eventually turned up Misty’s body.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the police have played some kind of role in the search for Misty?
Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out to Misty’s family and friends during this difficult time.
–Reporting by Sandra Clark