COPS hunting for a missing teenager have found a man's body in an Epping Forest pond.
Richard Okorogheye, 19, disappeared two weeks ago after taking a taxi to Epping Forest having told his mum he was "struggling to cope" with lockdown.
The body of a man was found in a pond in Epping Forest, the Met was informed by Essex Police yesterday afternoon.
Richard's family has been told of the tragic discovery and are being supported by specialist officers.
Yesterday the Oxford Brookes student's mum, Evidence Joel, told My London: "Oh God, they said the description matches his, but we’ll go in tomorrow to find out."
Richard, who has sickle cell disease, was last seen by his family on March 22 after leaving his home in Ladbroke Grove, West London.
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- Dan Keane
TEEN'S MUM TOLD DESCRIPTION OF BODY FOUND BY POLICE 'MATCHES HIS'
Richard Okorogheye's mum has reportedly been told the body found by police in Epping Forest on Monday matches his description.
Although the body has yet to be formally identified, Mr Okorogheye's mother, Evidence Joel, said police had informed her "the description matches his".
She told MyLondon: "Oh God, they said the description matches his, but we'll go in tomorrow to find out."
- John Hall
'GAINED HIS TRUST'
Evidence Joel added "Because I want to go out there, to do something to look for him, search for him, anything. But I can’t."
Speaking on Sky News last week, Ms Joel said she feared Richard had met someone through Playstation 5 who "gained his trust".
She said: "I'm shocked he even knows where Loughton is, as I don't even know where that place is.
"I think he went to meet somebody. Definitely. Richard cannot go there. Especially at that time in the morning… someone was waiting for Richard."
- John Hall
Richard's mum, 39, has this week spoken of her "hell" as she waited for news of her son.
She told The Guardian: "It’s very difficult. It’s hell.
“Not knowing where Richard is, with his health condition as well, it’s a complete nightmare.
"Every day is a nightmare for me now. The days are going by. Time is ticking and I don’t know what to expect,” she said.
“I feel completely helpless. Helpless, and also, sorry to use this word, but I feel useless.
- John Hall
Richard took a taxi to Loughton, Essex and was spotted on CCTV near Epping Forest on March 23.
Police search officers, dog units, and specialist police divers have been scouring the area for five days.
A Met Police spokesman said: "On the afternoon of Monday, 5 April, the Met was informed by colleagues from Essex Police that the body of a man had been found in a pond in Epping Forest.
"Enquiries are underway to identify the body.
"Detectives investigating the disappearance of 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye are aware. Richard’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and kept updated with developments.
"Officers remain at the scene and enquiries continue."
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