UK Police have confirmed the physique present in a lake in Epping Forest as lacking Nigerian scholar, Richard Okorogheye.
The 19-year-old Nigerian scholar at Oxford Brookes College, who has sickle cell illness, left his household house within the Ladbroke Grove space of west London on the night of March 22 and was reported lacking two days later.
He was final seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 23, walking towards Epping Forest.
Okorogheye’s mom Proof Joel described her son as “a treasure” and stated he had spoken of “struggling to manage” with college pressures and had been shielding throughout COVID-19 lockdowns.
She instructed Sky Information of her son: “It is my child, it is my treasure. He is my oxygen, he is my crown. He is every thing to me, he is the rationale why I reside, the rationale I exist.
Officers looking for Mr. Okorogheye discovered a physique in a pond in Epping Forest on Monday night. Authorities stated his household had been knowledgeable and have been being supported by specifically skilled officers.
Met police have now confirmed that the physique discovered within the lake in Epping Forest is Richard Okorogheye.
The 19-year-old’s dying is being handled as “unexplained”, the Metropolitan Police stated, and officers don’t imagine, at this stage, there was any third-party involvement.
A autopsy examination came about on Wednesday and located no proof of bodily trauma or assault.
The Met stated the reason for dying is pending whereas additional investigations are carried out.
House Secretary Priti Patel stated her “ideas and prayers” have been with Mr Okorogheye’s household and that she was involved with Scotland Yard as inquiries proceed.
She wrote on Twitter: “I’m deeply saddened to listen to of the dying of Richard Okorogheye.
“My ideas and prayers go to his household and mates at this extremely troublesome time.”
Detective superintendent Danny Gosling, head of the Met’s central west public safety unit, stated: “My deepest sympathies exit to Richard’s household at this extremely troublesome time.
“This was not the result that any of us had hoped for and we are going to be certain that his grieving household are well-supported by specifically skilled officers.
“I wish to prolong my because of the numerous officers, employees, and members of the general public who’ve every performed a component within the intensive effort to find Richard.”