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Richard Okorogheye: Mum of teen found dead in Essex pond ‘disappointed’ with Met Police’s initial handling of case


The mom of Richard Okorogheye has mentioned she was “disenchanted” with the Metropolitan Police’s initial handling of her son’s case.

The 19-year-old pupil was tragically found dead in a pond in Epping Forest, Essex, on Monday – two weeks after Evidence Joel reported her son lacking.

Speaking of her want for “closure” following his dying, Mrs Joel mentioned she was “disenchanted” with how the case was initially dealt with nonetheless added she was subsequently “very happy” with the way in which the pressure was working, PA stories.

Mr Okorogheye, who had sickle cell illness, left his household house in the Ladbroke Grove space of west London on the night of Monday, March 22.

The Met mentioned it first obtained a phone name concerning Mr Okorogheye’s disappearance the next day, however he was not formally recorded as lacking till 8am on March 24 following “an initial evaluation and cautious consideration of the data obtainable”.

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In an announcement, Ms Joel mentioned: “I’m disenchanted with the initial response by police once I reported Richard lacking.

“The following week, I might see that the police have been actively trying to find Richard and the investigation was choosing up. Since then, I’m very happy with the way in which police have been working.

“I want to thank the household liaison officers for being thorough, trustworthy and open with us all through the investigation. We hope to get closure on what occurred to Richard.”

She added: “I want to say thanks to everybody who has been concerned with trying to find Richard, and to the police for the way in which they’ve picked this up.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by kindness and I’m grateful for all of the love, help, prayers, meals and flowers that everybody has been sending.”

Heartbreaking pictures of household and mates visiting the pond in Epping Forest

The Met mentioned his dying is being handled as unexplained and officers don’t consider at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.

A autopsy examination has taken place however has to this point been unable to ascertain a trigger of dying, though the pressure mentioned there was no proof found of assault or bodily trauma.

After leaving his household house round 8.30pm on March 22, Mr Okorgheye was believed to take a taxi from the W2 space of London to a residential road in Loughton, Essex.

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He was final seen on CCTV in Loughton, strolling alone on Smarts Lane in the direction of Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.

The pressure mentioned Mr Okorogheye’s cellphone has not been in use since his disappearance.

Police mentioned a referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and to the Independent Office for Police Conduct “as a matter of routine”, as the scholar had been reported lacking previous to his physique being found.