Police find body in search for missing student Richard Okorogheye
Police searching for the missing student Richard Okorogheye, 19, have sadly found the body of a man in Epping Forest, Essex.
The Metropolitan Police was told by counterparts in Essex that the body was discovered in a pond.
Inquiries are currently underway to identify the body.
Scotland Yard confirmed that Mr Okorogheye’s family have been told, and are being supported by specially trained officers.
The Oxford Brookes first-year student, who suffers with sickle cell disease, had not been seen by his family since 22 March when he left their home in Ladbroke Grove, west London.
Richard Okorogheye had only been leaving his house to attend regular blood transfusions as part of his illness.
When he left his home, he told his family he was going to see a friend.
Police said he took a taxi to a residential street in Loughton, Essex. It was here that Mr Okorogheye was last seen on CCTV in the early hours of 23 March, walking towards Epping Forest.
The Metropolitan Police have said previously that his mobile phone had not been used since his disappearance. He did not take his medication, bus pass or any money with him when he left his family home.
Police officers and dogs were searching the forest for five days before making the discovery yesterday afternoon.
Mr Okorogheye’s mother has previously said that her son was “struggling to cope” with his business and IT degree.