Richard Okorogheye latest – Postmortem underway on Epping Forest body as shocked mum says ‘my baby is never coming home’

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Richard Okorogheye latest – Postmortem underway on Epping Forest body as shocked mum says ‘my baby is never coming home’

A POST-mortem examination is due to be carried out on a body found in Epping Forest by police searching for missing student Richard Okorogheye.

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A POST-mortem examination is due to be carried out on a body found in Epping Forest by police searching for missing student Richard Okorogheye.

The family of the 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, have been spoken to by officers, who are waiting for formal identification.

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.

Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling said: “Yesterday afternoon we were informed by colleagues from Essex Police that a body had been found in a lake in the Epping Forest area.

Richard’s mother Evidence Joel has told of her agony after police found a body in the search for Richard that matches 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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