Police in Auburn, Washington, believe a body found near the White River could be that of the SAG Award-nominated actress, who has been missing since Oct. 6. Authorities haven't positively identified the body yet, but they posted this update to their Facebook page today:
"Official statement regarding the recovery of a found body in Auburn: At approximately 1pm this afternoon, the Auburn Police Department received a call that a body had been found in a wooded area near Forest Ridge Dr. in Auburn. The body was found at the bottom of a 150 embankment near the White River.
"The body was recovered by a family member of Misty Upham's family who was in the area searching for her.
"A purse containing identification of Misty Upham was at the scene, however, at this time the medical examiner has not made a positive identification nor a determination of cause of death.
"Auburn Police and Valley Regional Fire Authority are on scene attempting to recover the body."
Upham was last seen leaving her sister's apartment on Oct. 5, E! News reports. Her father released a statement the next day, right after he reported her missing. In his statement, Upham's father said the actress suffers from mental illness. He didn't go into detail then, but later revealed Upham's struggles with depression and panic attacks.
"The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote in a statement posted to Upham's Facebook page. "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 harm's way. 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."
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