Richard Okorogheye latest – Met cops referred to police watchdog over student’s death as mum’s heart ‘ripped apart’


THE Met Police have been referred to a watchdog as a “matter of routine” over the death of Oxford student Richard Okorogheye.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have been notified after the student had been reported missing prior to his body being found on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the IOPC said: “We will be assessing whether any possible future IOPC involvement is required.

“Our thoughts are with Richard’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

It comes as Richard’s devastated mum says her heart has been “ripped apart” by cops finding his body in an Epping Forest pond.

Evidence Joel described how her life “is already empty” after police confirmed the body found in the Essex woodland on Monday was that of her 19-year-old son, who was reported missing two weeks ago.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: “My heart feels as if it has been ripped apart. I am completely hollow and devastated and empty.

“Life is already empty, there’s like a cloud just hovering around, it took the sun away from me. What am I going to look forward to? What is there to look forward to again?”

Richard, 19, disappeared two weeks ago after taking a taxi from his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London to Loughton in Essex having told his mum he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown.

The tragic teenager’s death is being treated as unexplained and police do not currently believe there was any third-party involvement.

They confirmed his exact cause of death is still “pending”.

Follow our live blog below for the latest Richard Okorogheye updates…

  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S MUM & FRIENDS ‘KNEEL BY EPPING LAKE’

    Heartbroken family and friends of Richard Okorogheye have knelt in prayer beside the Epping Forest lake where the 19-year-old’s body was tragically found.

    They shared words of prayer before laying flowers by the water, reports Essex Live.

    Richard’s bereaved mum, Evidence Joel, 39, was comforted by family and her son’s friends as she broke down in tears at the scene, the website adds.

    The group also poured water into the lake, as they paid tribute to the Oxford Brookes student.

    The Mirror reports that Evidence, a nurse, was wearing a black coat and a blue face mask. Photos taken at the scene show police supporting the group.

  • STUDENT RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S DEATH ‘DEVASTATING NEWS’ – OXFORD BROOKES UNI

    Richard Okorogheye’s death in Epping Forest is “devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community”, says the uni.

    A statement from Vice-Chancellor Prof Alistair Fitt said: “We have received confirmation of the tragic news that Richard Okorogheye, a student at Oxford Brookes University, has died.

    “Richard was a first year student on the Computer Science for Cyber Security programme.

    “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family and friends.

    “This is devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community and we will be reaching out to students and staff to offer them support.”

  • TIMELINE: POLICE FIND BODY IN HUNT FOR MISSING STUDENT

  • COPS CONFIRM BODY IS MISSING 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

    Police have confirmed a body found in Epping Forest is that of missing student Richard Okorogheye following a post-mortem examination.

    The 19-year-old – described by his mum as her “treasure” – had been missing since leaving his family home in west London on the evening of March 22.

    He was a student who attended Oxford Brookes University.

  • REFERRAL TO POLICE STANDARDS OFFICE MADE AS A ‘MATTER OF ROUTINE’ AFTER RICHARD REPORTED MISSING

    Police said a referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) “as a matter of routine”, as the student had been reported missing prior to his body being found.

    An IOPC spokesperson said: “We will be assessing whether any possible future IOPC involvement is required.

    “Our thoughts are with Richard’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

    Mr Okorogheye left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of Monday March 22.

    He was reported missing the following Wednesday.

  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S MUM & FRIENDS ‘KNEEL BY EPPING LAKE’

    Heartbroken family and friends of Richard Okorogheye have knelt in prayer beside the Epping Forest lake where the 19-year-old’s body was tragically found.

    They shared words of prayer before laying flowers by the water, reports Essex Live.

    Richard’s bereaved mum, Evidence Joel, 39, was comforted by family and her son’s friends as she broke down in tears at the scene, the website adds.

    The group also poured water into the lake, as they paid tribute to the Oxford Brookes student.

    The Mirror reports that Evidence, a nurse, was wearing a black coat and a blue face mask. Photos taken at the scene show police supporting the group.

    Credit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S CAUSE OF DEATH ‘STILL PENDING’ SAY POLICE AS FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE

    The Met police force said the cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out.

    Detective superintendent Danny Gosling, head of the Met’s central west public protection unit, said: “My deepest sympathies go out to Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time. This was not the outcome that any of us had hoped for and we will ensure that his grieving family are well-supported by specially trained officers.

    “I would like to extend my thanks to the many officers, staff and members of the public who have each played a part in the extensive effort to locate Richard.”

  • RICHARD’S DEATH HAS LEFT ‘MASSIVE HOLE’ SAYS HIS MOTHER

    Richard Okorogheye’s grief-stricken mum says she feels ‘broken’ and ’empty’ after her 19-year-old son’s body was found in an Epping Forest lake.

    A ‘devastated’ and clearly shocked Evidence Joel, 39, told BBC News: “I still expect Richard to walk through that door and say ‘mummy sorry my phone battery went out’, or ‘I lost my phone’, or he doesn’t have any money to find his way.”

    “I’m still expecting that. It’s a big hole, a massive hole that can never be covered again.

    “Especially learning that maybe he won’t walk through that door anymore. My baby will never walk through that door again, to see and embrace… oh Richard,” cried the overwhelmed mum on TV.

  • RICHARD’S PHONE HAD NOT USED SINCE DISAPPEARANCE AS INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE

    Richard Okorogheye left his family home at around 8.30pm on March 22 and headed in the direction of Ladbroke Grove.

    Cops said further inquiries have established that he then took a taxi journey from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton, Essex.

    He was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, walking alone on Smarts Lane towards Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.

    The force said Richard’s phone has not been in use since his disappearance.

    Police said 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 student had been reported missing prior to his body being found.

  • RICHARD’S DEATH TREATED AS ‘UNEXPLAINED’ AS POLICE BELIEVE NO THIRD PARTY INVOLVEMENT

    The Met Police said the death is being treated as unexplained but officers do not believe there was any third-party involvement “at this stage”.

    A post mortem took place on Wednesday and found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.

    The force said the cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out.

    Detective superintendent Danny Gosling, head of the Met’s central west public protection unit, said: “My deepest sympathies go out to Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time. This was not the outcome that any of us had hoped for and we will ensure that his grieving family are well-supported by specially trained officers.

    “I would like to extend my thanks to the many officers, staff and members of the public who have each played a part in the extensive effort to locate Richard.”

  • BLACK LIVES MATTER UK: ‘RIP RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’

    The official BLMUK account said: “Devastating news.

    “Our hearts go out to Richards family and friends who have to experience this tragic loss.

    “RIP Richard Okorogheye.”

  • STUDENT RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S DEATH ‘DEVASTATING NEWS’ – OXFORD BROOKES UNI

    Richard Okorogheye’s death in Epping Forest is “devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community”, says the uni.

    A statement from Vice-Chancellor Prof Alistair Fitt said: “We have received confirmation of the tragic news that Richard Okorogheye, a student at Oxford Brookes University, has died.

    “Richard was a first year student on the Computer Science for Cyber Security programme.

    “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family and friends.

    “This is devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community and we will be reaching out to students and staff to offer them support.”

  • TIMELINE: POLICE FIND BODY IN HUNT FOR MISSING STUDENT

  • RICHARD’S MUM, FAMILY & FRIENDS VISIT EPPING FOREST

    Evidence Joel, the bereaved mum of tragic Richard Okorogheye, has visited Epping Forest to pray and lay flowers in a touching farewell.

    She laid flowers at the lake where the 19-year-old’s body was found in Essex.

    The 19-year-old  was described by his mum as her "treasure"
    The 19-year-old was described by his mum as her “treasure”Credit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
    'He's my oxygen, he's my crown. He's everything to me', said his mum
    ‘He’s my oxygen, he’s my crown. He’s everything to me’, said his mumCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
  • REFERRAL TO POLICE STANDARDS OFFICE MADE AS A ‘MATTER OF ROUTINE’ AFTER RICHARD REPORTED MISSING

    Police said a referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) “as a matter of routine”, as the student had been reported missing prior to his body being found.

    An IOPC spokesperson said: “We will be assessing whether any possible future IOPC involvement is required.

    “Our thoughts are with Richard’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

    Mr Okorogheye left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of Monday March 22.

    He was reported missing the following Wednesday.

  • RICHARD’S MOTHER LEFT ‘COMPLETELY EMPTY’

    The devastated mum of a 19-year-old boy whose body was found in Epping Forest two weeks after he vanished has today sobbed “my heart has been ripped apart”.

    Richard Okorogheye disappeared after telling his mother he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown.

    Richard’s heartbroken mum Evidence Joel, 39, told Sky News she feels “completely hollow and devastated and empty”.

    She added: “At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure.”

    Ms Joel described Richard as the “perfect child” and said she felt “lucky” to be his mother.

  • RICHARD MUM’S ‘LIFE TORN APART’

    Richard Okorogheye’s heartbroken mum, Evidence Joel, has told Sky News her heart “feels as if it has been ripped apart”.

    The nurse, 39, told the broadcaster today that she feels “completely hollow and devastated and empty”.

    Her comments come after the Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday that the body found in Essex on Monday was her 19-year-old son.

    “At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure,” she added.

  • RICHARD’S DEATH HAS LEFT ‘MASSIVE HOLE’ SAYS MUM

    Richard Okorogheye’s grief-stricken mum says she feels ‘broken’ and ’empty’ after her 19-year-old son’s body was found in an Epping Forest lake.

    A ‘devastated’ and clearly shocked Evidence Joel, 39, told BBC News: “I still expect Richard to walk through that door and say ‘mummy sorry my phone battery went out’, or ‘I lost my phone’, or he doesn’t have any money to find his way.”

    “I’m still expecting that. It’s a big hole, a massive hole that can never be covered again.

    “Especially learning that maybe he won’t walk through that door anymore. My baby will never walk through that door again, to see and embrace… oh Richard,” cried the overwhelmed mum on TV.

    The bereaved mum, Evidence Joel
    The bereaved mum, Evidence JoelCredit: Sky News
  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S PHONE NOT USED SINCE DISAPPEARANCE

    Richard Okorogheye left his family home at around 8.30pm on March 22 and headed in the direction of Ladbroke Grove.

    Cops said further inquiries have established that he then took a taxi journey from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton, Essex.

    He was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, walking alone on Smarts Lane towards Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.

    The force said Richard’s phone has not been in use since his disappearance.

    Police said 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 student had been reported missing prior to his body being found.

  • MYSTERY OVER HOW RICHARD OKOROGHEYE GOT TO EPPING FOREST

    Richard Okorogheye’s mum, Evidence Joel, has questioned how her 19-year old son, who had sickle cell disease, had been able to travel to Essex, after leaving the family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London.

    She said: “It’s too far for Richard to walk into the darkness alone. How did he get there? We don’t know. I feel something happened there.

    “The forest is massive and scary, it’s a place that one wouldn’t wish to go at night. It was not a very comfortable place to be.”

    The cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however the Metropolitan Police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, the force said.

    Richard's mum was joined by family and friends at Epping Forest
    Richard’s mum was joined by family and friends at Epping ForestCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd

     

  • RICHARD OKOROGHEYE’S MUM ‘RIPPED APART’ BY HIS DEATH

    The devastated mother of Richard Okorogheye has spoken of her heart being “ripped apart” after the student’s body was found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex.

    Evidence Joel described how her life “is already empty” after police confirmed the body found in a pond in the woodland on Monday was that of her 19-year-old son, who was reported missing two weeks ago.

    Speaking to Sky News, she said: “My heart feels as if it has been ripped apart.

    “I am completely hollow and devastated and empty.

    “Life is already empty, there’s like a cloud just hovering around, it took the sun away from me. What am I going to look forward to? What is there to look forward to again?”

    The last movements of the uni student, captured walking alone on CCTV, but looking behind himself at one stage
    The last movements of the uni student, captured walking alone on CCTV, but looking behind himself at one stageCredit: Enterprise
  • RICHARD’S MUM CERTAIN ‘SOMETHING HAPPENED’ AT EPPING FOREST

    The cause of Richard’s death is pending as further investigations are carried out, but the postmortem found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.

    His death is being treated as unexplained and police do not currently think anyone else was involved.

    His mum, Evidence Joel, said she was “surprised” to hear officers say that.

    “Something happened there. It’s too far for Richard to walk into that darkness alone. You can’t, it’s tedious, it’s darkness.

    “So how did he get there? What happened? We don’t know. I feel something happened there,” she added.

  • RICHARD’S HEARTBROKEN MUM – ‘HOLLOW & EMPTY’

    Richard Okorogheye “will always be my baby and I will always be his mother and no one can take that away from me,” his mum, Evidence Joel, told Sky News.

    Ms Joel said she had visited the site where her son’s body was found to lay flowers and found it a “very uncomfortable place to be”.

    She said: “I wouldn’t want to be there. My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness, no torch, no light. An hour and 30 minutes from where he was last seen. He must have guts to do that. He’s only 19.

    “What could push him to go that far if he wasn’t meeting somebody?”

  • ‘COMPLETELY EMPTY’

    The devastated mum of a 19-year-old boy whose body was found in Epping Forest two weeks after he vanished has today sobbed “my heart has been ripped apart”.

    Richard Okorogheye disappeared after telling his mother he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown.

    Richard’s heartbroken mum Evidence Joel, 39, told Sky News she feels “completely hollow and devastated and empty”.

    She added: “At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure.”

    Ms Joel described Richard as the “perfect child” and said she felt “lucky” to be his mother.

  • MET POLICE COMMENTS ON RICHARD’S DEATH

    On Monday, 5 April, at approximately 14:01hrs, the Met was informed by colleagues from Essex Police that the body of a man had been found in a lake in Epping Forest, the force explains.

    It adds; “Formal identification has now taken place and the body has been confirmed as that of 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye.

    “Richard went missing from his home in Ladbroke Grove on Monday, 22 March. He was reported missing on Wednesday, 24 March.

    “His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”





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