THE mum of a student found dead in a pond claims she was “fobbed off” by police when she reported him missing.

Nurse Evidence Joel sobbed: “My heart has been ripped out.”

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Richard Okorogheye’s heartbroken mum claims she was ‘fobbed off’ by police after reporting her son missing
The 19-year-old student's body was found on Wednesday

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The 19-year-old student’s body was found on WednesdayCredit: Enterprise

Richard Okorogheye’s body was found on Wednesday two weeks after he disappeared from home.

Heartbroken Evidence, 39, said: “When I called the police, I was fobbed off.

“That should not have happened. My son had a health condition. Someone’s age or ethnicity shouldn’t matter.

“There shouldn’t be discrimination and I hope no one else has to go through what I have. Life is empty. I just want answers as to how my son lost his life.”

Evidence Joel said 'my heart has been ripped out'

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Evidence Joel said ‘my heart has been ripped out’
Evidence claimed police 'did nothing' after she made a missing persons report on March 22

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Evidence claimed police ‘did nothing’ after she made a missing persons report on March 22Credit: Enterprise
She said 'someone's age or ethnicity shouldn't matter, there shouldn't be discrimination'

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She said ‘someone’s age or ethnicity shouldn’t matter, there shouldn’t be discrimination’Credit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd

Evidence has reportedly claimed that after making the initial missing persons report on March 22, police “did nothing”.

I just want answers as to how my son lost his life.

Evidence Joel

She said she was told her son was an adult, who could go out and come back whenever he wanted.

Computer science student Richard, 19, who had sickle cell disease, was “struggling to cope” with lockdown.

He left home in Ladbroke Grove, West London, on March 22 and took a taxi to Loughton, Essex.

Richard disappeared two weeks ago after taking a taxi to Loughton in Essex

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Richard disappeared two weeks ago after taking a taxi to Loughton in EssexCredit: PA

He was last seen on CCTV in the early hours of the following day.

A post-mortem exam found no physical trauma. His case has been referred to the police watchdog.

Richard was last seen was on CCTV in the early hours of March 23

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Richard was last seen was on CCTV in the early hours of March 23Credit: PA

Mum sobs as she says her heart has been left broken after son Richard Okorogheye, 19, found dead



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