THE Met police have confirmed the body found in a lake in Epping Forest is 19-year-old Oxford Brookes student Richard Okorogheye.
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.
His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
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”.
Speaking on Wednesday evening, 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.”
It comes after Richard’s mother Evidence Joel told of her agony after police found a body in the search for Richard that matched her son’s description.
She told the Evening Standard: “We thought Richard would be found, or would just come home. But he’s not.
“My baby will never come home to his mummy again. He was taken away from me too early. The only child I have. It’s devastating and the last thing I thought I’d hear.”
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