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Richard Okorogheye latest – Postmortem underway on Epping Forest body as shocked mum says ‘my baby is never coming home’

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A POST-mortem examination is due to be carried out on a body found in Epping Forest by police searching for missing student Richard Okorogheye.

The family of the 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, have been spoken to by officers, who are waiting for formal identification.

Richard, 19, disappeared two weeks ago after taking a taxi from his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London to Loughton in Essex having told his mum he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown.

Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling said: “Yesterday afternoon we were informed by colleagues from Essex Police that a body had been found in a lake in the Epping Forest area.

Richard’s mother Evidence Joel has told of her agony after police found a body in the search for Richard that matches her son’s description.

She told the Evening Standard: “We thought Richard would be found, or would just come home. But he’s not.

“My baby will never come home to his mummy again. He was taken away from me too early.

“The only child I have. It’s devastating and the last thing I thought I’d hear.”

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  • NOT ‘HIGH RISK’

    Richard’s mother Evidence Joel and father Newton Okorogheye have criticised the Met police’s handling of the case after he was first reported missing.

    They claimed that officers did not take their concerns “seriously” and he was not considered “high risk” until he had been missing for six days.

    This was despite his serious health condition, sickle cell disease.

    Evidence said: “I told a police officer that my son was missing, please help me find him, and she said, ‘If you can’t find your son, how do you expect police officers to find your son for you?’

    “I was expecting assurance.”

  • ‘DEVASTATING’

    Richard’s mother Evidence has told of her agony after a body was discovered by police searching for the teenager.

    She told the Evening Standard: “We thought Richard would be found, or would just come home. But he’s not.

    “My baby will never come home to his mummy again. He was taken away from me too early.

    “The only child I have. It’s devastating and the last thing I thought I’d hear.”

  • COP INQUIRIES

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

    CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black and had a black satchel with a white Adidas logo.

    Police said further inquiries established that he then took a taxi from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton.

    He was captured on CCTV walking alone in Smarts Lane, Loughton, towards Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.

    The force said Mr Okorogheye’s phone has not been in use since his disappearance.

  • MUM TOLD

    Richard Okorogheye’s mother has reportedly been told the body found by police in Epping Forest on Monday matches his description.

    The 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, has been missing since he left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of March 22.

    On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police the body of a man was found in a pond in the woodland.

    Although the body has yet to be formally identified, Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, said police had informed her “the description matches his”.

  • FURTHER SEARCHES

    Mr Gosling said police remain in the area to carry out further searches as they try to piece together what happened to Mr Okorogheye.

    “The post-mortem examination will take place shortly and we are also waiting for formal identification,” he said.

    “This is an extensive inquiry, and we are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances. This includes forensic medical and specialist inquiries, which all take time to complete.”

    Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, previously said her son had spoken of “struggling to cope” with university pressures and had been shielding during the Covid-19 lockdown.

  • POST MORTEM

    A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on a body found in Epping Forest by police searching for missing student Richard Okorogheye.

    The family of the 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, have been spoken to by officers, who are waiting for formal identification.

    Mr Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of March 22.

    Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling said: “Yesterday afternoon we were informed by colleagues from Essex Police that a body had been found in a lake in the Epping Forest area.

  • RICHARD LAST SEEN ON CCTV IN LOUGHTON, ESSEX

    Mr Okorogheye was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday March 23, walking towards Epping Forest.

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

    CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower back.

    Police said further inquiries have established that he then took a taxi journey from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton.

    He was captured on CCTV walking alone on Smarts Lane, Loughton, towards Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.

  • MISSING TEEN’S MOTHER TOLD DESCRIPTION OF BODY FOUND BY POLICE ‘MATCHES HIS’

    Richard Okorogheye’s mother has reportedly been told the body found by police in Epping Forest on Monday matches his description.

    The 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, has been missing since he left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of March 22.

    On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police the body of a man was found in a pond in the woodland.

    Although the body has yet to be formally identified, Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, said police had informed her “the description matches his”.

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

    Ms Joel previously told The Guardian waiting for information on her son’s whereabouts has been “hell”, adding: “Every day is a nightmare for me now.”

  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE: EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FAR

    • A body has been found in a lake in Epping Forest. This has not been confirmed to be that of Richard Okorogheye but his mum today said officers had informed her it matched her son’s description.
    • Police have confirmed that identification will take place this afternoon with a post mortem expected later this week.
    • Richard’s mum Evidence Joel spoke of her agony today, paying tribute to her “moon and sun” in an interview with the Evening Standard.
  • MET POLICE APPEAL TO PUBLIC TO HELP WITH INVESTIGATION

    Detective Superintendent Gosling continued: “I would like to thank the public for supporting our search for Richard by sharing our appeals, checking door bell footage, dash cam footage and passing on any information no matter how small.

    “I continue to urge the public to carry on and support us in our investigation.

    “Lastly I’d like to sincerely thank the public for their support and while I understand there are a number of questions, we are doing everything we can to try and find the answers to them.”

  • DETECTIVES ‘KEEPING OPEN MIND’ AROUND INVESTIGATION

    Detectives are keeping an open mind with regards to the incident, according to the Evening Standard.

    . A Met spokesman said: “Richard’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and kept updated with developments.

    “Officers remain at the scene and inquiries continue.”

  • LAST SIGHTING

    Mr Okorogheye was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday March 23, walking towards Epping Forest.

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

    CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower back.

  • POLICE LATEST

    There are no further updates from the Met Police just yet.

    Their latest statement reads: “Richard’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and kept updated with developments.

    “Officers remain at the scene and inquiries continue.”

  • RICHARD’S MUM HAS ‘NO IDEA’ WHY HE WOULD BE IN ESSEX

    Ms Joel had previously said she had no idea why he would be in the area and doesn’t have any friends or family there. 

    According to the Evening Standard, the formal identification of the body found last night is set to take place this afternoon with a post mortem to expected later this week. 

  • ‘EXTENSIVE SEARCHES’ CONTINUE

    Scotland Yard have just issued an updated statement.

    Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling said “Our officers with the assistance of specialist search teams dogs and police horses and colleagues from Essex Police have been carrying out extensive searches in Epping Forest since 19-year-old Richard was last seen on CCTV in the area two weeks ago.

    “The post-mortem examination will take place shortly and we’re also awaiting formal identification.

    “This is an extensive enquiry and we are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances. This includes forensic, medical and specialist enquiries which all take time to complete.”

  • RICHARD’S PHONE HAS NOT BEEN USED SINCE DISAPPEARANCE, SAY POLICE

    The Met Police say Mr Okorogheye’s phone has not been in use since his disappearance.

    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.

    As someone with sickle cell disease, Mr Okorogheye would only leave the house to go to hospital for regular blood transfusions for his condition.

  • CONTINUED…

    Ms Joel previously told The Guardian waiting for information on her son’s whereabouts has been “hell”, adding: “Every day is a nightmare for me now.”

    Mr Okorogheye was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday March 23, walking towards Epping Forest.

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

    CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower back.

    Police said further inquiries have established that he then took a taxi journey from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton. He was captured on CCTV walking alone on Smarts Lane, Loughton, towards Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.

  • MISSING TEEN’S MOTHER TOLD DESCRIPTION OF BODY FOUND BY POLICE ‘MATCHES HIS’

    Richard Okorogheye’s mother has reportedly been told the body found by police in Epping Forest on Monday matches his description.

    The 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, has been missing since he left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of March 22.

    On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police the body of a man was found in a pond in the woodland.

    Although the body has yet to be formally identified, Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, said police had informed her “the description matches his”.

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

  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE: EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FAR

    • A body has been found in a lake in Epping Forest. This has not been confirmed to be that of Richard Okorogheye but his mum today said officers had informed her it matched her son’s description.
    • Police have confirmed that identification will take place this afternoon with a post mortem expected later this week.
    • Richard’s mum Evidence Joel spoke of her agony today, paying tribute to her “moon and sun” in an interview with the Evening Standard.
  • MET POLICE APPEAL TO PUBLIC TO HELP WITH INVESTIGATION

    Detective Superintendent Gosling continued: “I would like to thank the public for supporting our search for Richard by sharing our appeals, checking door bell footage, dash cam footage and passing on any information no matter how small.

    “I continue to urge the public to carry on and support us in our investigation.

    “Lastly I’d like to sincerely thank the public for their support and while I understand there are a number of questions, we are doing everything we can to try and find the answers to them.”

  • CONTINUED…

    Mr Gosling said police remain in the area to carry out further searches as they try to piece together what happened to Mr Okorogheye.

    “The post-mortem examination will take place shortly and we are also waiting for formal identification,” he said.

    “This is an extensive inquiry, and we are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances. This includes forensic medical and specialist inquiries, which all take time to complete.”

    Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, previously said her son had spoken of “struggling to cope” with university pressures and had been shielding during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    As someone with sickle cell disease, Mr Okorogheye would only leave the house to go to hospital for regular blood transfusions for his condition, she said.

  • POST-MORTEM DUE AFTER BODY FOUND IN HUNT FOR MISSING STUDENT

    A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on a body found in Epping Forest by police searching for missing student Richard Okorogheye.

    The family of the 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, have been spoken to by officers, who are waiting for formal identification.

    Mr Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of March 22.

    Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling said: “Yesterday afternoon we were informed by colleagues from Essex Police that a body had been found in a lake in the Epping Forest area.

    “Whilst we wait for formal identification, we have spoken to Richard’s family to update them with this latest development. Our specially trained officers remain with the family as they have done throughout this inquiry.”

  • POLICE LATEST

    There are no further updates from the Met Police just yet.

    Their latest statement reads: “Richard’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and kept updated with developments.

    “Officers remain at the scene and inquiries continue.”

  • RICHARD’S MUM HAS ‘NO IDEA’ WHY HE WOULD BE IN ESSEX

    Ms Joel had previously said she had no idea why he would be in the area and doesn’t have any friends or family there. 

    According to the Evening Standard, the formal identification of the body found last night is set to take place this afternoon with a post mortem to expected later this week. 

  • RICHARD ‘TOOK TAXI TO ESSEX’

    Cops have established that Richard took a taxi to Loughton in Essex.

    He was then captured on CCTV walking alone along Smarts Lane, Loughton towards Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday morning.



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