A physique present in a lake in Epping Forest has been formally recognized as lacking 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye, the Metropolitan police has mentioned.
Officers from Essex police made the invention on Monday. The Met mentioned the coed’s loss of life is being handled as unexplained and they don’t imagine at this stage there was any third-party involvement.
Okorogheye, who had been shielding through the pandemic due to his sickle cell illness, went lacking from his house in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on 22 March. He was reported lacking by his household two days later.
The reason for loss of life is pending whereas additional investigations are carried out, however a postmortem discovered no proof of bodily trauma or assault.
Det Supt Danny Gosling, head of the Met’s Central West Public Safety Unit, mentioned: “My deepest sympathies exit to Richard’s household at this extremely tough time. This was not the result that any of us had hoped for and we are going to make sure that his grieving household are properly supported by specifically skilled officers.
“I want to prolong my due to the numerous officers, employees and members of the general public who’ve every performed an element within the intensive effort to find Richard.”
Richard’s subsequent of kin have been knowledgeable and are being supported by specialist officers.
The house secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “I’m deeply saddened to listen to of the loss of life of Richard Okorogheye. My ideas and prayers go to his household and mates at this extremely tough time.
“I’m in touch with the Metropolitan Police who proceed their inquiries into his tragic loss of life.”
The power mentioned Okorogheye, a enterprise and IT undergraduate at Oxford Brookes college, took a taxi journey from west London to a residential road in Loughton, Essex.
He was captured on CCTV strolling alone on Smarts Lane, Loughton, in direction of the world of Nursery Highway and Epping Forest on 23 March, which was the final confirmed sighting.
Richard had been shielding and had left house solely to attend hospital appointments. His mom, Proof Joel, a group nurse, beforehand advised the Guardian she had no concept why her son had travelled to Epping Forest, or if he knew anyone in that space.
He was a daily PlayStation 5 gamer, and she or he had appealed to his on-line mates to contact the police if they’d any data.
Joel, 39, advised the Night Normal newspaper on Tuesday of her devastation after a physique was discovered. She mentioned: “We thought Richard can be discovered, or would simply come house. However he’s not.
“My child won’t ever come house to his mummy once more. He was taken away from me too early. The one baby I’ve. It’s devastating and the very last thing I assumed I’d hear.”