Police find body in search for Richard Okorogheye

Marco Green
Апреля 6, 2021

Specialist police divers in the United Kingdom have been deployed as the search for missing Nigerian student, Richard Okorogheye, continues, Sky News reported on Monday.

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".

Scotland Yard added that Mr Okorogheye's family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Richard was an Oxford Brookes student and suffered sickle cell disease and was required to shield since past year.

The Oxford Brookes first-year student, who suffers with sickle cell disease, had not been seen by his family since 22 March when he left their home in Ladbroke Grove, west London.

He was reported missing two days later and was last seen on CCTV footage in the Loughton, Essex area walking towards Epping Forest on March 23.

The force said Mr Okorogheye's phone has not been in use since his disappearance. Due to his medical condition he had needed to shield, and had also been said to be struggling with the pressures of University.

In the CCTV footage shows, he was wearing all black with a a black satchel bag sporting a white Adidas logo.

"Please come home." Speaking to The Guardian she has described how her life has become a nightmare as she waits for news of her son.

"I feel completely helpless".

On Saturday police made a direct appeal to the missing student to get in touch and "let us know you are safe". Because I want to go out there, to do something to look for him, search for him, anything.

Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling, head of the Met's Central West Public Protection Unit, said: "People can go missing from home for any of number of reasons".

She told the MyLondon website: "Oh God, they said the description matches his, but we'll go in tomorrow to find out".

Initial police inquiries identified the teenager leaving his home address and heading in the direction of Ladbroke Grove at around 8.30pm.

She also issued a message to her son, telling him: 'Everybody misses you. Your loved ones, and many other people who you do not even know, are very concerned.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting 21MIS008134.

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