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Richard Okorogheye’s mother meets Priti Patel over police response


The 19-year-old, who had sickle cell illness, was final seen leaving his dwelling in Ladbroke Grove west London, on the night of March 22.

His mother, Evidence Joel, contacted police the next day, however he was not formally recorded as lacking till 8am on March 24.

Mr Okorogheye’s physique was present in Epping Forest Essex, on April 5.

Richard Okorogheye lacking / PA Wire


Law agency Birnberg Peirce, who signify {the teenager}’s household, mentioned Ms Joel met Priti Patel on Thursday.

Ms Joel mentioned in a press release launched by legal professionals: “My household and I are grateful to the Home Secretary for inviting us to fulfill together with her at the moment and for listening to our considerations in regards to the Metropolitan Police’s response to Richard’s disappearance and the continuing investigation into his loss of life.

“We belief that these considerations shall be handed to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police that classes shall be realized, and that the police will conduct a full and fearless investigation which isn’t predicated on the idea of suicide.

“We have to uncover the reality of what occurred to Richard.”

Lawyers mentioned Mr Okorogheye’s household are ready for toxicology and autopsy experiences following the invention of his physique in a lake in Epping Forest.

Ms Joel has beforehand mentioned she was “upset” with how the Metropolitan Police initially dealt with her son’s case, as she spoke of her want for “closure” following his loss of life.

Last month, watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) mentioned it would examine Ms Joel’s complaints about the best way she was initially handled by officers, and the way her experiences about her son’s disappearance had been dealt with.

It can even take a look at the Metropolitan Police’s total dealing with of the lacking individual report.

Mr Okorogheye left his household dwelling at round 8.30pm on March 22 and headed within the course of Ladbroke Grove.

Police beforehand mentioned additional inquiries established that he then took a taxi from the W2 space of London to a residential avenue in Loughton, Essex.

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