The furore over the death of Misty Upham doesn't seem to have an end in sight. The August: Osage County and Frozen River actress was found at the bottom of an 150-foot ravine outside Seattle last Thursday, having been missing since October 5th.
In the wake of the actress's death, her family and friends have offered several theories as to just how and why it happened. While the police's initial thought was suicide, it seems her father Charles Upham is convinced otherwise. In a statement released October 17, he wrote:
We believe that Misty's death was accidental. 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.
So why would Misty be hiding from the police? Charles Upham claims that Misty was in a state of anxiety and depression and that she had been previously abused by the Auburn PD. If she had run away from those searching for her and tripped over the ravine, then this would directly implicate the police in her death.
To fan the flames of speculation further, actress Juliette Lewis has suggested foul play. Upham and Lewis were close friends, and Lewis claims that the actress "felt she could be murdered" due to her activism:
Misty told me about horrible violence she suffered on NA reservations She felt she coul be murdered! Bcuz she was vocal #ThisIsNOTaSUICIDE
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) October 17, 2014
Upham was a Native American who campaigned for Native rights. Her political views may have made her a target. But whatever the case, the official verdict is still out.