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Richard Okorogheye: Police divers search water as student missing for almost two weeks


The 19-year-old, who has sickle cell disease, left his family home in Ladbroke Grove, west London on March 22 and was reported missing two days later. Mr Okorogheye was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 23, walking in the direction of Epping Forest.

Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, previously said he had described “struggling to cope” with university pressures and had been shielding during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The search of Epping Forest is into its fourth day but officers are yet to find anything of relevance to the investigation, the Met Police said.

Divers were seen entering water in the woodland on Sunday.

Mr Okorogheye, a student at Oxford Brookes University, did not take his medication or any money when he left home.

He was seen at around 8.45pm on March 22 boarding the number 23 bus, southbound, in Ladbroke Grove, Kensington.

CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower back.

He then took a taxi from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton, police said.

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

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“My message to Richard is clear. Our only concern is your safety. You are not in trouble and have done nothing wrong.

“If you read or hear this message we would ask you to contact us, or someone you trust, to let us know you are safe.

“Your loved ones and many other people who you do not even know, are very concerned.”


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