Actress Misty Upham currently has short hair, as in this photo posted to Facebook August 11.

Search Continues for Misty Upham; Father Responds to Media Coverage


It's now been 10 days since actress Misty Upham was last seen on the Muckleshoot Reservation near Auburn, Washington. Her father, Charles Upham, has been frustrated by the Auburn Police Department's inaction and distortions in the media coverage. On Monday, Charles visited the emergency room over concern that he may have been having a stroke. It turned out to be a false alarm, but it's safe to say that the ordeal is taking its toll on Charles and the rest of Misty's family and friends. On Tuesday, he announced via Misty's Facebook page that he and other concerned citizens were moving forward with their own efforts: 

We are setting up a central command post at the Pentecostal Church in Muckleshoot. 39731 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. Auburn, Wa. We have also set up a field office at the old key Bank at the cross streets Fir and Auburn Way S. We need volunteers for food service, field search, and office (computers, phones, social media). The command center (church) will open be 24 hrs. [Charles Upham's cousin] Robert Upham will be in charge of the field outpost at the old Key Bank. If you would like to help please call (253) 876-2973 or come to the Pentecostal Church or field outpost at the old Key Bank.

Two days earlier, he released this statement via Facebook:

"I would like to clarify circumstances regarding Misty's disappearance. In my opinion the media has spun an inaccurate perspective. So far articles read: Actress stressed over money and career, Father fears suicide. Police reports suggest the Misty packed her bags and left on her own. The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great. As her father I do not fear she committed suicide. I feel that she has been hurt by accident or someone has put her in harms way. I didn't appreciate the press release from Auburn PD that she simply packed a bag and left. Now they have the general public thinking that Misty just decided to leave home for awhile.

"Misty left in a psychotic state of mind with the clothes she had on and her shoulder bag. All of her clothes and other belongings are still here. This is the first time in 32 years we have lost contact with her and she stopped contact with everyone. This raises a serious red flag for me but apparently law enforcement officials disagree. I guess high profile individuals disappear without a trace every day of the week around here. Some of the people that met her or worked with her for a few months are weighing in with their own conclusions and people are accepting it as the gospel.They don't really know her. TMZ called her sister try to get a story and the first thing they ask is "do you think she is dead?, did she commit suicide?" How insensitive can you be at a time like this. We are heart broken and very frightened that we may never see her again. We are not getting much rest and everyday we have to look at her belongings, the food she cooked still in the fridge, her pets and unanswered social media posts just waiting for her to come back and resume where she left off. I invited the media to cover the story for one purpose only, to help get the word out that she is missing and let people know we need help in finding her. We, her family, have limited resources and we tried to start a fund campaign to generate financial help. We are finding out that process of finding a missing person is both costly and time consuming. But some have ridiculed us for using this tragic event for profit so we pulled the online request. If I had the money I would have hired a private investigator, organized a search team and search dogs on the day she disappeared.

"Now we have to write another press release and share personal information that Misty would like to keep personal.

"Here are the facts:

"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. She is not a nut case. She is an advocate and supporter for several organizations such as: PETA, Domestic Worker's Rights, Women's Rights, LGBT Community and she is a proponent of economic development and self-determination among Native American communities. Her professional accomplishments are a testament to her business sophistication and intellect. When I, her father, suffered a stroke earlier this year Misty moved to Seattle with both her parents to help manage after-care and be close to family. We are planning to return to Los Angeles, after I complete my post-stroke treatment, sometime after the new year. When Misty left California state her medical team stopped her treatment and told her to re-establish treatment and medication in Washington State. This has not been a smooth transition. She cannot get her meds here and was give alternative medication that wasn't effective enough to deal with her bipolar anxiety disorder. She started to slip into bouts of depression and panic attacks. She tried to compensate by drinking wine to combat the anxiety and I believe that these meds mixed with alcohol would cause psychotic behavior episodes. She would always recover and not remember what happened. She would sometimes threaten to take her own life but would never go through with any of the threats. She has serveral scars on her wrists where she cut but never enough to cause death or serious injury. Misty believes that suicide is a sin and in her darker moments she would tell me "Dad, I would never take my own life. But sometimes when I get depressed I feel that death would be better than life. My greatest fear is that you and mom will die before me and I will be all alone in this world. I don't know how I could face that. I pray that God will take me peacefully in my sleep one day before you and mom take the journey." Misty has developed a phobia of throwing up. She gets panic attacks whenever she feel nausea. She never wants to be left alone over this, even for a few minutes. She tells me that she wants to overcome this and become independant again. But this unusual fear keeps her close to home and in constant contact with her parents.

"Now we have lost contact. Since her disappearance she has not made contact with any of her family, friends or business constituents. We have requested help from the Muckleshoot tribe for search teams but they do not have funding for that. We are petitioning Auburn PD to implement the ENDANGERED MISSING PERSONS PLAN. This will allow law enforcement to search for her and bring her into medical care when they find her. But they feel she does not fit the profile at this time. The detective on the case assured our family that Auburn PD is doing everything they can to find Misty. But then they release a press statement and say they are not looking for her. These mixed messages are confusing. I think Misty may have walked into nearby woods and got hurt and can't reach help or I think she may have had an encounter with someone who may have caused her harm. I believe she would contact us if she could. I feel that if she is found soon she may have a chance to survive. But time is slipping away.

"Message to Misty:

"Misty, if you can see this message, we love you and your family will continue to search for you until you are found. Come home please.

"We thank all her concerned friends and family for all the kind words, prayers and suggestions.

"Misty was last wearing a purple sweater, black t-shirt, grey sweat pants, silver tennis shoes. She has cut her hair short. She has cut scars on both arms and a birth mark on the back near her neck. She was carrying a white cell phone and a California ID."

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