Mother of Richard Okorogheye says her heart has been 'ripped apart' by his death

Evidence Joel said the news has left her feeling ‘completely hollow and devastated and empty’ (Picture: PA/Sky News)

The mother of Richard Okorogheye has said her heart ‘has been ripped apart’ after the body found in a lake in Epping Forest was confirmed as his.

Evidence Joel said the news last night left her feeling ‘completely hollow and devastated and empty’.

She told Sky News: ‘At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure.’

Mr Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of Monday, March 22.

Scotland Yard said they were informed by Essex Police on Monday that the body of a man was found in a pond in the woodland.

Following a post-mortem examination on Wednesday, police said the body has been confirmed as that of Mr Okorogheye.

The family of the student are being supported by specialist officers.

His death is being treated as unexplained and police do not believe at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.

The cause of death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, the force said.

Specialist teams remain in parts of Epping Forest as they continue to carry out further searches.

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