The body found by police in a lake in Epping Forest has been confirmed as missing student Richard Okorogheye.
The body had been found in a pond on Monday afternoon, 12 days after Okorogheye, was reported missing.
Okorogheye, 19 who had sickle cell disease and was said to be struggling with shielding during the pandemic, left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of 22 March, boarded a bus, and later took a 20-mile taxi ride from the W2 area of the capital to a residential street in Loughton, Essex.
Okorogheye’s mother Evidence Joel described her son as “a treasure” and said he had spoken of “struggling to cope” with university pressures and had been shielding during COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Oxford Brookes student had sickle cell disease and had seemingly not taken his daily medication when he left home on 22 March.
A post-mortem examination took place on Wednesday and found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.
“Our deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time,” UK’s Metropolitan Police said in a tweet confirming the tragic news on Wednesday.
“They continue to be supported by specialist officers.”
UPDATE: A formal identification has confirmed that a body found in #EppingForest is that of Richard Okorogheye.
Our deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family at this incredibly difficult time. They continue to be supported by specialist officers. https://t.co/IPZVOW4wGr
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) April 7, 2021