The mother of missing Nigerian teenager, Richard Okorogheye has said a body found by the police matches that of her son.
The Metropolitan Police announced in a statement a body had been found in a pond in Epping Forest, Essex, on Monday where the 19-year-old was last seen heading on CCTV last month.
“Oh God, they said the description matches his, but we’ll go in tomorrow to find out,” Okorogheye’s mother, Ms Joel told My London in a highly emotional call.
No formal identification of the body has yet been carried out. The Met said investigators are working to identify the remains.
Richard left his family home in Ladbroke Grove, Kensington, on March 22 and has not been in contact since.
He was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 23, walking towards Epping Forest.
In the footage, he was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white Adidas logo, worn across his lower back.
The Oxford Brookes student, who has sickle cell disease, had been struggling to cope with shielding for the past year and it is believed he did not take his daily medication with him.
Detectives have said there had not been any activity on his phone since he disappeared.
His mother had said her life had become a “complete nightmare” in the wake of his disappearance.
She told The Guardian: “Every day is a nightmare for me now.
“I feel completely helpless. Helpless, and also, sorry to use this word, but I feel useless. Because I want to go out there, to do something to look for him, search for him, anything.