Richard Okorogheye: Body found by police confirmed as missing student

A body found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex, has been formally identified as missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye, the Metropolitan Police said.

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 family of the student, who has sickle cell disease, have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers

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

Home Secretary Priti Patel said her “thoughts and prayers” were with the family of Mr Okorogheye and that she was in contact with Scotland Yard as inquiries continue.

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.

The body was discovered in the Wake Valley pond

The body was discovered in the Wake Valley pond

Credit: PA

“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.”

Mr Okorogheye had not been seen by his family since Mar 22, when he left their home in Ladbroke Grove.

Officers working on the case searched the forest for five days before finding a body in Wake Valley pond on Monday afternoon.

Mr Okorogheye, a student at Oxford Brookes university, was last seen boarding the number 23 bus, southbound, in Ladbroke Grove, Kensington.

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