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Misty Upham Died of Blunt Force Injuries, According to Medical Examiner

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Misty Upham, the actress who was found dead in a ravine in mid-October, died from blunt force injuries to her head and torso, likely caused by a 150-foot fall from a cliff, Reuters reported.

Upham's manner of death — homicide, natural, suicide, etc. — is still unknown, according to the King County, Washington, Medical Examiner's Office.

Upham, known for her roles in "Django Unchained," "Frozen River," and "August: Osage County," disappeared Oct. 5. Police had been called to a Seattle apartment by someone reporting a suicide risk, but Upham had already left when authorities arrived. Her body was found Oct. 16.

The Medical Examiner's Office said Upham's death was not ruled accidental because the circumstances before her disappearance are not entirely known.

Upham’s father, Charles Upham, told The Hollywood Reporter in October before her body was found that she had expressed suicidal thoughts before, but hadn’t ever tried to kill herself. He also said she suffered from bipolar disorder.

Charles Upham also said his daughter had relocated to Seattle from Los Angeles and had not found a medical team to help with her illness yet.

Despite his concerns about her mental health, Charles Upham said in October, "I don't think she would have taken her own life. I don't want to think she is dead."

In October, Upham’s family accused police of racism and not doing enough to find her after she disappeared, The Washington Post reported.

The Post quoted a family statement on Facebook: "She did not commit suicide. 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."

Upham’s body was ultimately found by a group of family members who were searching for her, The Post said.

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Misty Upham, the actress who was found dead in a ravine in mid-October, died from blunt force injuries to her head and torso, likely caused by a 150-foot fall from a cliff, Reuters reported.
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