RIP Richard Okorogheye
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that Met Police Confirm That The Body Found In Epping Forest Is That Of The 19-Year-Old Richard Okorogheye
Two weeks ago, 19-year-old Oxford University student, Richard Okorogheye had gone missing in London.
Richard’s mum, Evidence Joel had pleaded for more help to find her missing son.
She urged her son to come home and appealed help from the public in finding the son she was ‘missing desperately’.
Two days ago, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police that the body of a man was found in a pond in the woodland.
It has now been confirmed that the body indeed belonged to Richard Okorogheye.
Richard’s family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
So far, the police have not been able to determine the cause of Richard’s tragic death, and they do not believe that there was a third-party involved.
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.”. he continued.
Richard was last seen boarding the 23 bus southbound in Ladbroke Grove at about 20:45 GMT on 22 March. CCTV Footage showed that he was wearing black clothes and was carrying a black satchel with a white Adidas logo.
Ms Joel had described her son as, “a very civilised boy, he’s very focused, intelligent, loved by everyone”. She believed that Richard had been taken away. She said, “We feel he has been taken away – he went to a friend and something happened there.”
She had then added, “If anybody has seen Richard, please tell Richard to come home. Please, tell him to come home. We need him at home.”
Richard Okorogheye: Twitter outrage:
People have been shocked, saddened and enraged all at the same time by the discovery of Okorogheye’s body.
Many believe that the police did not do the job that they were supposed to do in trying to find the teenager.
Evidence Joel,mother of Richard Okorogheye,on the police response: “Maybe it’s the culture. One of those African women being frantic.Maybe if I had perfect English… Police had a duty of care for us.If I report my son missing,it should be taken seriously” pic.twitter.com/3zQ4hLamn6
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) April 6, 2021
RIP Richard Okorogheye. Gone way way too soon. Praying for his family during this terribly tragic time ♥️
— Tami 🇳🇬 (@tbamz97) April 7, 2021
Rest in Peace Christopher Kapessa
Rest in Peace Shukri Abdi
Rest in Peace Belly Mujinga
Rest in Peace Richard Okorogheye
And to all of the other black men, women and children who have been failed by those who are meant to protect us, you all deserved so much more ❤️
— C🤎 (@_creolemami) April 7, 2021
Rip Richard Okorogheye ❤️ & for the guy who took the pics of the grieving women I have no words, absolutely heartless
— EO🦉 (@_ezeokolorie) April 7, 2021