(SEATTLE) -- The King County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Friday that the body found in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, was that of missing actress Misty Upham.
According to The Seattle Times, the medical examiner's office announced Upham died Oct. 5 -- the same day her family called police to report she was suicidal. They reported her missing the next day.
The cause of death remains under investigation, but Upham's family believes she did not commit suicide. In a statement posted on Facebook, the family says, "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. She simply did not see the drop off."
The family states that Upham was afraid of Auburn police due to an incident prior to her disappearance in which she was allegedly mistreated by officers. They also argue that Auburn police could have been more helpful after she went missing.
Upham was found Thursday in a wooded area, near the White River.
The 32-year-old Native American actress appeared in such films as August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained.
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