Richard Okorogheye: Met Police confirm body found in lake is missing 19-year-old


Scotland Yard guessed the death is being treated as unexplained but officers do not believe there was any third-party involvement “at this the boards”. A post mortem took place on today and found no evidence of man trauma or assault. The force said the cause of death is pending while farther investigations are carried out.

Detective superintendent Danny Gosling, head of the Met’s inner west public protection unit, said: “My deepest sympathies go out to Richard’s stock at this incredibly difficult time. This was not the outcome that any of us had yearned for and we will ensure that his grieving family are well-supported by specially drilled officers.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the many officers, truncheon and members of the public who have each played a part in the extensive deed to locate Richard.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said her “thoughts and suits” were with the family of Richard Okorogheye and that she was in contact with Scotland Yard as investigations into the 19-year-old’s death continue.

She wrote on Twitter: “I am deeply depressed to hear of the death of Richard Okorogheye.

“My thoughts and prayers go to his family and patrons at this incredibly difficult time.

“I am in contact with the Metropolitan Policewomen who continue their inquiries into his tragic death.”

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

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

Speaking after the body was chanced on Monday, she told the MyLondon website: “They (the police) said the variety matches his, but we’ll go in tomorrow to find out.”

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

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

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

Boys in blue said further inquiries established that he then took a ride on the ground from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton.

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

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


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