Richard Okorogheye: Police divers used in hunt for missing student

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 6, 2021

Richard Okorogheye was reported missing two days after leaving his family home and was last seen on CCTV footage in the Loughton, Essex area walking towards Epping Forest on March 23.

The Met said in statement: "On the afternoon of Monday 5 April the Met was informed by colleagues from Essex Police that the body of a man had been found in a pond in Epping Forest".

Mr Okorogheye, who has sickle cell disease, left his home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London at around 8.30pm on Monday, March 22.

The mother was informed of the development by the police on Monday.

She told The Guardian the current cold weather, which could cause Mr Okorogheye substantial pain, was a major concern. He did not take his medication, bus pass or any money with him when he left his family home. The Oxford Brookes student told his mother he was going to see a friend, but did not return and was reported missing shortly afterwards. "I trusted him, I had no doubt or no reason to ask him further questions".

The mother of missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye has said her life is a "complete nightmare" in the wake of her son's disappearance two weeks ago.

"But I can't", she explained, due to the fact she must stay home in case he makes contact.

Police said he then took a taxi to a residential street in Loughton, Essex, where he was last seen on CCTV in the early hours of the following day, walking towards Epping Forest.

Police divers have been searching a body of water in Epping Forest.

Ms Joel previously said that her son had spoken of "struggling to cope" with university pressures and had been shielding during the Covid-19 lockdown.

She told the paper: "Every day is a nightmare for me now".

"I feel completely helpless".

He added: "I would also like to thank the public for their continued support in sharing our appeals, checking doorbell and dashcam footage, and passing on any information". Everybody misses you. And we love you very much.

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