Who was Blessing Olusegun?
Blessing Olusegun was a young black girl from London who had come to Bexhill on a one-week placement as a carer to help elderly people with dementia and other mental issues. Similar to Everard, her last conversation was with one of her friends before she went missing under mysterious circumstances.
The disappearance and tragic death of the 33-year-old UK woman Sarah Everard and the arrest of a police officer who has been accused of murdering her have re-surfaced the missing and murder case of a Black woman named Blessing Olusegun, whose death to date remains “unexplained”.
How old was Blessing Olusegun?
Blessing Olusegun was 21 years old at the time of death.
Blessing Olusegun Petition
According to a petition started on Change.org seeking justice for Olusegun, a friend of Olusegun, Christiana Sofolabo, recollecting the events of the day the victim went missing told Sussex Live, “She was saying to me she couldn’t sleep and that she wanted to go for a walk.”
“I offered to stay on the phone, but she said ‘nevermind’.” Sofolabo also noted that her friend was “walking in the early hours of the day she died.”
On September 18, Sofolao received a text message from the care agency where Olusegun was placed saying she was missing. When Sofolano called her friend’s phone, the call was answered by police, who informed her about finding the cell phone, but not her death.
Blessing Olusegun Update
Olusegun’s body was reportedly found by a dog walker on the beach. The Sussex police told Sussex Live in a statement, five months after her death, “At 6.20 am on Friday, September 18, the body of a woman was found lying on the beach at Bexhill near Galley Hill.
The body was identified that morning as that of Blessing Olusegun, 21, of Middle Park Avenue, London SE9, and her next of kin, her mother, was contacted that afternoon by Metropolitan Police at our request.”
Blessing Olusegun Cause of Death
It further read, “Meanwhile, police in Sussex began an investigation of the circumstances, and the death was treated as unexplained though not suspicious at that stage… A postmortem took place on September 24, and further forensic tests were carried out in order for the cause of death to be established.”
They cited “drowning” as the reason for her death based on forensic tests, but found no evidence of “violence or of internal or external injury.” CCTV footages show Olusegun near the town center in one, the second shows her walking under a tunnel headed towards the beach and the last sighting was near a cafe.