Proof Joel described how her life “is already empty” after police confirmed the physique present in a pond within the woodland on Monday was that of her 19-year-old son, who was reported lacking two weeks in the past.
Chatting with Sky Information she stated: “My coronary heart feels as if it has been ripped aside.
“I’m utterly hole and devastated and empty.
“Life is already empty, there’s like a cloud simply hovering round, it took the solar away from me.
“What am I going to stay up for? What’s there to stay up for once more?”
Police stated a referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Skilled Requirements and to the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) “as a matter of routine”, as the scholar had been reported lacking previous to his physique being discovered.
An IOPC spokesperson stated: “We will probably be assessing whether or not any attainable future IOPC involvement is required.
“Our ideas are with Richard’s household and buddies at this tough time.”
Mr Okorogheye left his household house within the Ladbroke Grove space of west London on the night of Monday March 22.
He was reported lacking the next Wednesday.
His demise is being handled as unexplained and police don’t imagine at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.
Ms Joel questioned how her son, who has sickle cell illness, had been capable of journey to Essex.
She stated: “It’s too far for Richard to stroll into the darkness alone.
“How did he get there? We don’t know. I really feel one thing occurred there.
“The forest is very large and scary, it’s a spot that one wouldn’t want to go at evening.
“It was not a really comfy place to be.”
The reason for demise is pending whereas additional investigations are carried out, nevertheless the Metropolitan Police discovered no proof of bodily trauma or assault, the drive stated.
Mr Okorogheye left his household house at round 8.30pm on March 22 and headed within the course of Ladbroke Grove.
Police stated additional inquiries have established that he then took a taxi journey from the W2 space of London to a residential road in Loughton, Essex.
He was final seen on CCTV in Loughton, strolling alone on Smarts Lane in the direction of Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday March 23.
The drive stated Mr Okorogheye’s telephone has not been in use since his disappearance.
Police stated a referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Skilled Requirements and to the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct “as a matter of routine”, as the scholar had been reported lacking previous to his physique being discovered.
Ms Joel beforehand stated her son had spoken of “struggling to manage” with college pressures and had been shielding throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
As somebody with sickle cell illness, Mr Okorogheye would solely go away the home to go to hospital for normal blood transfusions for his situation.