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Richard Okorogheye latest – Cause of death ‘still pending’ after cops confirm Epping Forest body is missing student

THE Met police have confirmed the body found in a lake in Epping Forest is 19-year-old Oxford Brookes student Richard Okorogheye.

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.

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

The tragic teenager’s death is being treated as unexplained and police do not currently believe there was any third-party involvement.

They confirmed his exact cause of death is still “pending”.

Speaking on Wednesday evening, Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling, Head of the Met’s Central West Public Protection Unit, said: “My deepest sympathies go out to Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time.

“This was not the outcome that any of us had hoped for and we will ensure that his grieving family are well-supported by specially trained officers. I would like to extend my thanks to the many officers, staff and members of the public who have each played a part in the extensive effort to locate Richard.”

It comes after Richard’s mother Evidence Joel told of her agony after police found a body in the search for Richard that matched 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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  • MET POLICE COMMENTS ON RICHARD’S DEATH

    On Monday, 5 April, at approximately 14:01hrs, the Met was informed by colleagues from Essex Police that the body of a man had been found in a lake in Epping Forest, the force explains.

    It adds; “Formal identification has now taken place and the body has been confirmed as that of 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye.

    “Richard went missing from his home in Ladbroke Grove on Monday, 22 March. He was reported missing on Wednesday, 24 March.

    “His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”

  • EPPING FOREST ‘UNCOMFORTABLE PLACE’ – RICHARD’S MUM

    Epping Forest – where the body of student Richard Okorogheye was found – is ‘very uncomfortable’, says his mum, Evidence Joel.

    The nurse visited the lake where his body was found by police divers, to lay flowers and pray with family and friends.

    She told Sky News today: “It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I wouldn’t want to be there.

    “My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness – no torch, no light.”

    Richard Okorogheye with his mother, Evidence Joel
    Richard Okorogheye with his mother, Evidence JoelCredit: Enterprise
  • RICHARD MUM’S ‘LIFE TORN APART’

    Richard Okorogheye’s heartbroken mum, Evidence Joel, has told Sky News her heart “feels as if it has been ripped apart”.

    The nurse, 39, told the broadcaster today that she feels “completely hollow and devastated and empty”.

    Her comments come after the Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday that the body found in Essex on Monday was her 19-year-old son.

    “At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure,” she added.

  • BRITS SEND LOVE AND PRAYERS TO RICHARD’S FAMILY

    Kind-hearted Brits have sent their love and prayers to Richard Okorogheye’s grieving family and friends.

    One said: “Very very sad, a young man with a whole life ahead of him, really hoped he was found safe and well, plz [please] pray for his mum, his family and his friends, may they find the strength at this sad time.”

    Another tweeted: “Such awful news. Deep heartfelt condolences to his family.”

    There's been an outpouring of support for the teen's family and friends
    There’s been an outpouring of support for the teen’s family and friends
  • LONDON MAYOR: ‘DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO RICHARD’S FAMILY’

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined others offering their condolences to the family of uni student Richard Okorogheye.

    He tweeted: “Londoners across our city will be holding the family and friends of Richard Okorogheye in our hearts.

    “My deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones at this truly tragic time.”

  • WHEN DID RICHARD OKOROGHEYE GO MISSING?

    The teen said he was going out on Monday, March 22, 2021, and was last seen walking in Kensington, West London, at around 8.40pm.

    His mother returned home from a nursing shift at around 9pm and assumed her son was in his room.

    It was only when she knocked on his door after cooking his favourite dinner that she realised something was wrong.

    After a locksmith helped her gain entry to the bedroom, she found Richard missing with his wallet, bus pass and bank card left behind.

    None of Richard’s friends saw him that night and they hadn’t seen the teen since he disappeared.

    Police searching a pond in Epping Forest for the teen
    Police searching a pond in Epping Forest for the teen
  • WHO WAS RICHARD OKOROGHEYE?

    Richard Okorogheye was a 19-year-old student who attended Oxford Brookes University.

    He told his mum Evidence Joel that he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown after shielding throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to a sickle cell disease.

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

    Sickle cell disease – in which red blood cells are not shaped as they should be – is a serious and lifelong health condition.

  • POLICE CONDUCT AND STANDARDS PROBE AFTER BODY FIND

    As Richard Okorogheye had been reported missing prior to the discovery of his body, a referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) and to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

    The Met Police said these referrals were “a matter of routine”.

    Det Supt Danny Gosling, head of the Met’s central west public protection unit, said, “My deepest sympathies go out to Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time.

    “This was not the outcome that any of us had hoped for and we will ensure that his grieving family are well-supported by specially trained officers.

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

    A Met Police officer at the scene at the Wake Valley pond in Epping Forest
    A Met Police officer at the scene at the Wake Valley pond in Epping ForestCredit: PA
  • HELP FOR OXFORD BROOKES UNI STUDENTS AFTER RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S BODY FOUND

    Oxford Brookes Uni students affected by the death of fellow undergraduate Richard Okorogheye have been offered help.

    Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “We encourage any students who are affected by this news or who need support for any reason to contact our Wellbeing Services or access 24/7 support via TogetherAll.

    “The University will not be commenting further at this point.”

  • OXFORD BROOKES UNI TO ORGANISE COMMEMORATION FOR RICHARD

    Oxford Brookes University will organise a special tribute for dead student Richard Okorogheye, 19, says its boss.

    Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “When appropriate, and in line with any wishes expressed by Richard’s family, we will arrange a suitable commemoration for Richard.”

    The teen was a first year student on the Computer Science for Cyber Security programme.

    CCTV footage showed that Richard was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower back
    CCTV footage showed that Richard was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower backCredit: Enterprise
  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S EPPING FOREST DEATH ‘UNEXPLAINED’

    The Met Police said that Richard Okorogheye’s death is being treated as unexplained.

    But officers do not believe there was any third-party involvement “at this stage”.

    A post mortem took place on Wednesday and found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.

    The force said the cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out.

  • STUDENT RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S DEATH ‘DEVASTATING NEWS’ – OXFORD BROOKES UNI

    Richard Okorogheye’s death in Epping Forest is “devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community”, says the uni.

    A statement from Vice-Chancellor Prof Alistair Fitt said: “We have received confirmation of the tragic news that Richard Okorogheye, a student at Oxford Brookes University, has died.

    “Richard was a first year student on the Computer Science for Cyber Security programme.

    “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family and friends.

    “This is devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community and we will be reaching out to students and staff to offer them support.”

  • COPS CONFIRM BODY IS MISSING 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

    Police have confirmed a body found in Epping Forest is that of missing student Richard Okorogheye following a post-mortem examination.

    The 19-year-old – described by his mum as her “treasure” – had been missing since leaving his family home in west London on the evening of March 22.

    He was a student who attended Oxford Brookes University.

    Above - the timeline before Richard's body was tragically found in Epping Forest
    Above – the timeline before Richard’s body was tragically found in Epping Forest
  • WHERE WAS RICHARD OKOROGHEYE LAST SEEN?

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

    He had told his mum, Evidence Joel, that he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown after shielding throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to a sickle cell disease.

    She said this week: “My baby will never come home to his mummy again. I can’t even describe the feeling.

    “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.”

    Richard had been shielding due to a cell disease
    Richard had been shielding due to a cell disease
  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S MUM & FRIENDS ‘KNEEL BY EPPING LAKE’

    Heartbroken family and friends of Richard Okorogheye have knelt in prayer beside the Epping Forest lake where the 19-year-old’s body was tragically found.

    They shared words of prayer before laying flowers by the water, reports Essex Live.

    Richard’s bereaved mum, Evidence Joel, 39, was comforted by family and her son’s friends as she broke down in tears at the scene, the website adds.

    The group also poured water into the lake, as they paid tribute to the Oxford Brookes student.

    The Mirror reports that Evidence, a nurse, was wearing a black coat and a blue face mask. Photos taken at the scene show police supporting the group.

    Flowers being laid in tribute to the dead teen
    Flowers being laid in tribute to the dead teenCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Family and friends have visited Epping Forest
    Family and friends have visited Epping ForestCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
  • PRITI PATEL ‘THOUGHTS & PRAYERS’ WITH TEEN’S FAMILY

    Home Secretary Priti Patel said her “thoughts and prayers” were with the family of Richard Okorogheye.

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

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

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

    Priti Patel reaches out to the family on Twitter
    Priti Patel reaches out to the family on Twitter
  • RICHARD’S MUM, FAMILY & FRIENDS VISIT EPPING FOREST

    Evidence Joel, the bereaved mum of tragic Richard Okorogheye, has visited Epping Forest to pray and lay flowers in a touching farewell.

    She laid flowers at the lake where the 19-year-old’s body was found in Essex.

    The 19-year-old  was described by his mum as her "treasure"
    The 19-year-old was described by his mum as her “treasure”Credit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
    'He's my oxygen, he's my crown. He's everything to me', said his mum
    ‘He’s my oxygen, he’s my crown. He’s everything to me’, said his mumCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
  • PROBE FOR CLUES CONTINUES IN EPPING FOREST

    Specialist teams remain in parts of Epping Forest as they continue to carry out further searches.

    Richard’s death is being treated as unexplained and cops do not believe at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.

    The cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, the force said.

  • BODY FOUND IN EPPING FOREST LAKE CONFIRMED AS RICHARD OKOROGHEYE

    Cops have confirmed that the body of a man found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex, is that of missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye.

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

    Following a post-mortem examination on Wednesday, Met police said the body has been confirmed as that of Richard.

    The family of the student, who has sickle cell disease, have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, Met Police added.

  • ‘THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS’

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

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

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

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

  • BODY FOUND

    Police have confirmed the body of a man found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex, is that of missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye.

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

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

    Following a post-mortem examination on Wednesday, police said the body has been confirmed as that of Mr Okorogheye.

    The family of the student, who has sickle cell disease, have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, Met Police said.

  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S CAUSE OF DEATH ‘STILL PENDING’ SAY POLICE AS FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE

    The Met police force said the cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out.

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

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

  • BLACK LIVES MATTER UK: ‘RIP RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’

    The official BLMUK account said: “Devastating news.

    “Our hearts go out to Richards family and friends who have to experience this tragic loss.

    “RIP Richard Okorogheye.”

     

  • LABOUR MP OFFERS ‘THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS’ TO RICHARD’SFAMILY

    Labour MP Zarah Sultana tweeted: “Police have confirmed that the body found in Epping Forest on Monday has been formally identified as missing 19-year-old student Richard Okorogheye.

    “Utterly heartbreaking news.”

    The MP for Coventry South added: “My thoughts & prayers are with his family & everyone who knew & loved him.

    “Rest in peace, Richard.”

  • RICHARD’S DEATH TREATED AS ‘UNEXPLAINED’ AS POLICE BELIEVE NO THIRD PARTY INVOLVEMENT

    The Met Police said the death is being treated as unexplained but officers do not believe there was any third-party involvement “at this stage”.

    A post mortem took place on Wednesday and found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.

    The force said the cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out.

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

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

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