The Mysterious Case of Hannah Upp

By Tara Murtha
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New statements issued from the family--primarily by her brother Dan "Wally" Upp, who is stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy--offer pleas to Hannah instead of pleas to the public: "We just want Hannah to come back home safe, We're waiting with open arms and open hearts," he told The New York Post yesterday.

Colleen Hughes, a friend and fellow '07 Bryn Mawr College grad, says she's hopeful Upp is okay and will come home soon.

"She had a very hard job and she has a personality that she'd never really let you know how hard something was for her," she says. "So I think that it must have been a breaking point, if that's what happened."

Hughes says Upp often slipped "under the radar" for a few days when she had a lot on her plate. But this time was different, Hughes says.

"She would never want you to worry," she says. "That's the anomaly here, because everyone is so worried."

New York City police have stated from the beginning that they do not suspect foul play.

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1. L K Tucker said... on Sep 11, 2008 at 03:11PM

“Upp may be a Dissociative Fugue victim. They typically have full or partial amnesia but retain functionality. The fact that she was seen in a computer does not mean she was successful sending email. College students have been disappearing and taking nothing with them for years. There is a long list. The only other high school teacher to go missing like this is Tara Grinstead, a grad student also. There had been other indications in that case. Grinstead is still missing. Brian Shaffer, Maura Murray, and Michael Negrete are examples of missing students. Each case is different but the stories have facts that show Subliminal Distraction was there. SD was discovered when it caused mental breaks for office workers. It appears and is explained in first semester college psychology. It's basic human physiology of sight. VisionAndPsychosis.Net is a five year study and history that includes these disappearances. http://VisionAndPsychosis.Net”

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2. Lauren said... on Sep 17, 2008 at 07:08AM

“It makes me mad that this girl wasted the resources of the NYPD for this long. They could have been handling real missing persons cases and other crimes. She needs serious psychological help. I understand she may have been scared of her teaching job, but there are more graceful ways to bow out of something than running away and causing your family and friends sorrow.”

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3. Gary Biester said... on Sep 19, 2008 at 03:41PM

“Apparently she was another well-meaning starry-eyed milk-fed wacky West Coaster who wanted to impart her wisdom unto us savages in NYC. So she goes and gets a job teaching the worst students (we call them "felons") in the system. Is it any wonder that she chose to disappear right before the school year started? Then she winds up "trying" to commit suicide, but she never really intended to, did she, because she was found, very much alive, in the SI Ferry harbor? So how was she supposed to have helped rough, tough inner city kids, when she is a weak-kneed poser herself?? She gives white people a bad name.”

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4. Trevor Hale said... on Sep 23, 2008 at 11:29AM

“It was fairly obvious from the get-go that foul play wasn't involved. Upp had admitted that she blew off a mandatory teacher's conference to go alone to a movie matinee in Times Square. And this was after being off the entire summer, mind you. Plus, she had gone AWOL for three days the previous school year. So when her "disappearance" coincided with the start of the school year, it wasn't much of a leap that she was just hiding out. I just hope the kids at the Thurgood Marshall Academy have been provided a competent replacement. Obviously, Upp hadn't set the bar very high. Staffers at the school had acknowledged that there were a few episodes during the 2007-08 school year that made them question if Upp was able to handle the teaching job. NYC is a tough town. Perhaps it's best for Upp to return home to Oregon [or wherever; it doesn't matter] and live with her mother and get the counseling, therapy and medication she needs.”

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5. hector diaz said... on Nov 18, 2008 at 07:37PM

“that was my teacher last year in 8th grade”

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6. L K Tucker said... on Apr 3, 2009 at 12:21PM

“I note the other posts want to blame Upp for her episode. If she created the circumstances for Subliminal Distraction and had the mental break it is known to cause. She like the students who disappeared had no choice.

Anyone that creates the situation to cause this mental break will have psychiatric symptoms.

Upp is lucky to be alive.

VisionAndPsychosis.Net is a six year investigation of Subliminal Distraction.”

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7. Maria said... on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:28PM

“For all those individuals saying that Upp is just someone who was running from a problem you should do your research before making such accusations. It stated in a few other articles that Upp was suffering from a dissociative disorder known as dissociative fugue. It was not her conscious decision to leave, in fact this episode was most likely triggered by the stress involved with a new school year.”

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