Misty Upham's family says actor died while fleeing from police

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 16:04 IST

Actor Misty Upham's family believes her death is accidental and she did not commit suicide.

The body of the 32-year-old actor, who has starred in films like August: Osage County, Jimmy P, Django Unchained and Frozen River, was found on October 16 more than a week after she went missing, reported Ace Showbiz.

In a statement released on Facebook, her family explains that the actor fell to her death when trying to escape from police.

"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," her father Charles Upham wrote.

"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. She simply did not see the drop off."

The family also shares in the lengthy post that Misty was afraid of police because she was mistreated when they took her to ER against her will.

"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," Charles said.

The family additionally said the police "refused to help offer to find or at least change her Missing status to 'Endangered' to allow other agencies to get involved." Authorities have not released Misty's cause or manner of death.

Auburn Police Commander Steve Stocker said, "We do not have any evidence or information to believe there is foul play."

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