Missing teenager’s mother told description of body found by police ‘matches his’

NewsWorld News      ‘I feel completely helpless’ — Mother of missing 19-year-old urges son to make contact
     
     
      
             
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NewsWorld News ‘I feel completely helpless’ — Mother of missing 19-year-old urges son to make contact By Aoib

Police searching for the missing student Richard Okorogheye, 19, have sadly found the body of a man in Epping Forest, Essex.

Police have discovered a body in Epping Forest pond, but according to Metropolitan police the body has not yet been identified.

Inquiries are now underway to identify the body.

Mr Okorogheye, who has sickle cell disease, left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of Monday Mar 22, and was reported missing two days later.

Before his disappearance, Okorogheye who lives with sickle cell disease had been shielding, meaning he was not expected to leave home and minimise face-to-face contact for health reasons.

His family had not seen him since 22 March when he left their home in Ladbroke Grove area of West London.

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

The Metropolitan Police have said previously that his mobile phone had not been used since his disappearance.

Ms Joel said she "most definitely" thought he had met somebody online as she had heard him laughing while playing his PlayStation 5 and being "very happy" while talking to someone.

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

"Every day is a nightmare for me now".

"I would also like to thank the public for their continued support in sharing our appeals, checking doorbell and dash cam footage and passing on any information". Because I want to go out there, to do something to look for him, search for him, anything.

The mother of missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye has said she feels "completely helpless" as she pleads with her son to make contact.

On Saturday police made a direct appeal to the missing student to get in touch and "let us know you are safe".

She said the officer told her that "if you can't find your son, how do you expect police officers to find your son for you?"

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

Joel had alleged that a police officer told her off when she called the police to report Richard missing. And we love you very much.

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