Police watchdog assesses whether the Met should be investigated over its handling of Richard Okorogheye’s disappearance

The pupil was found dead in an Essex pond after being reported missing by his family two weeks earlier

After the discovery of the body of M Okorogheye, Met Police made mandatory referral to Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

The Met said routinely a referral was also made to its Professional Standards Branch as the 19-year-old was reported missing by his family before his body was found

After making the first missing persons report on March 22, M’s mother Okorogheye, Joel, claimed that when his disappearance was first reported, the police “did nothing”

Ms Joel said she was originally told her son was an adult, who could come out and come back whenever he wanted

She said she told the police that her son, who has sickle cell disease, had “no jacket, no money, so I’m worried, I’m worried about his well-being.” but that it was only the following Sunday and Monday after her disappearance that she “felt like they were doing something”

After leaving the family home in Ladbroke Grove, west London on March 22, Mr. Okorogheye took a cab into a residential street in Loughton, Essex, where he was last seen on CCTV in the wee hours of the next day, on foot to Epping Forest

Ms Joel previously said her son ‘struggled to cope’ with his business and computer science degree at Oxford Brookes University

The death of M Okorogheye is currently considered unexplained Post-mortem examination revealed no signs of physical trauma or aggression

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