Who is Richard Okorogheye?
Richard Okorogheye is an Oxford Brookes student in Epping Forest who went missing after walking alone on Smarts Lane, Loughton, towards the woods at 12.39 am on March 23. He is understood to have left his family home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on March 22.
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How old is Richard Okorogheye?
Richard Okorogheye is 19 years old as of the year 2021.
Missing Richard Okorogheye News
Police inquiries later established that Mr. Okorogheye then took a taxi towards the residential street in Loughton. Detectives today confirmed ‘nothing of relevance’ has been found in Epping Forest, which they have been combing for two days in a bid to track down the missing student.
They also issued an appeal directly to Mr. Okorogheye, asking him to make contact with detectives or another trusted person ‘to let us know you are safe.’
Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling, Head of the Met’s Central West Public Protection Unit, said: ‘People can go missing from home for any of a number of reasons. Our job is not to cast judgment but to work to find them and bring them home safely.
‘My message to Richard is clear. Our only concern is your safety. You are not in trouble and have done nothing wrong.
Richard Okorogheye Found
The Metropolitan Police added they are keeping an ‘open mind’ about the disappearance, repeating an appeal for anyone with information to come forward. The search continues today after Det Supt Gosling told the BBC there had been ‘no activity on his phone.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicki Beecher, from the Met’s Area West Public Protection Unit, said: ‘It has now been nine days since Richard was last seen in person and we remain as committed as ever to locating him and bringing him home to his family.
Richard Okorogheye Update
The Met said Mr. Okorogheye, who was in his first year of a business and IT degree at Oxford Brookes, left his home and headed in the direction of Ladbroke Grove on March 22 at approximately 8.30 pm. He was seen boarding the 23 southbound bus in Ladbroke Grove at 8.44 pm
The CCTV footage showed the student wearing an all-black outfit and carrying across his lower back a black satchel-bag featuring a white Adidas logo.
Police said it was unknown at which stop Mr. Okorogheye got off the bus.
Richard Okorogheye Mum
Mr. Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, previously said her son had spoken of ‘struggling to cope with university pressures.
She also said her son, who has sickle cell disease, had been shielding during the Covid-19 pandemic and would only leave the house to go to the hospital for his regular blood transfusions. In a new statement on Tuesday, she said: ‘Richard we love you and miss you very much, please can you come home?”
“We aren’t angry at you. We just want to know that you’re okay.
Ms. Joel last saw her son on March 22 when he told her he was going to a friend’s house.
She had returned home from a nursing shift at around 9 pm and assumed her son was in his room.
The alarm was raised after a locksmith helped her gain entry to her son’s room where the student’s wallet, bus pass and bank card were found.