19-year-old, Richard Okorogheye, Police apologize to the family for failures

Two weeks after the 19-year-old, Richard Okorogheye went missing from his west London home, on March 22, 2021, his body was discovered in Epping Forest.

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Two weeks after the 19-year-old went missing from his west London home, on March 22, 2021, his body was discovered in Epping Forest.

The Metropolitan police let down the family of a helpless black teen who went missing before being discovered dead, according to the police watchdog. One call operator said to the distraught family of Richard Okorogheye, 19, “If you can’t find your son, how do you expect us to?” which the Met has acknowledged was rude.

On March 23, 2021, Okorogheye was reported missing. He had sickle cell anemia, according to the police, and had left his west London house without his prescription. His body was discovered in a lake in Epping Forest two weeks later.

After sixteen months, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has ordered the Met to apologize after concluding that the force did not treat the issue seriously enough and that its mistakes made the family’s suffering worse. Evidence Joel, Richard’s mother, said she would reject the apology and was disappointed that the three officers and three staff members involved would not be subject to disciplinary action. They will instead receive improved training.

The IOPC believed the standard for filing a misconduct charge had not been reached. According to The Guardian, four officers and employees were subject to an investigation for possible misconduct, during which three people were questioned and one provided a written statement.


The IOPC discovered that one call handler incorrectly classified a condition more common in African or Caribbean communities—sickle cell anemia—as anaemia. Okorogheye should have been reported missing sooner, according to the IOPC, and his case was mishandled for too long, needing four days to be upgraded to high risk. The resources the Met commits to a search are impacted by that choice. Due to their ignorance of the important distinctions between anaemia and sickle cell anaemia, two further call takers neglected to inform an investigator that the missing adolescent had sickle cell anaemia.

A constable failed to include concerns from Okorogheye’s GP about the increased danger his medical condition posed to the missing person report, and the inspector failed to follow the instructions and was deemed to have kept an insufficient record of choices made. In the most trying time of his life, Joel was fired by numerous members of the Metropolitan Police Department, regardless of their degree of seniority, and the disappearance of his son was not given serious consideration.

I am quite disappointed that no one will face misconduct charges despite the fact that both the IOPC and the Metropolitan police found that the performance of three police officers—including an inspector—and three call takers were below the standard expected. The apology is therefore not accepted.

Joel believes that she received subpar service as a result of racial prejudice. When it looked into additional missing person instances, the IOPC claimed it did not discover any proof of this. It wasn’t the first time recently that the Met let a family of color down in their hunt for a loved one.

Sisters Reported Missing

When two sisters, Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were reported missing, the IOPC also discovered shortcomings by the Met. In that instance, the sisters were discovered dead in the park where they had last been seen, and authorities had not looked for them. The officer was not reprimanded in that incident either.

Bas Javid, the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, apologized and said, “We are pushing ourselves to improve how we react when someone does report a missing individual. Additionally, we are establishing a fresh method for evaluating all of the daily reports of missing persons.

“The mayor will hold the Met to account for addressing all the issues revealed by the IOPC report to ensure the same errors are not repeated,” said Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London. Since an inquest is scheduled to take place in 2023, the IOPC stated that portions of its report regarding whether police mistakes caused or contributed to Okorogheye’s death would not be made public.

Richard Okorogheye Age, Family, Early Life

Richard Okorogheye is 19 years old. he holds a British Nationality. His actual born date and Zodiac sign are unknown.

richard okorogheye mother

Evidence Joel is the mother of Okorogheye. It is unknown what else his family members are like.

Richard Okorogheye Girlfriend, What about his Relationship?

There is no information at all available on Richard Okorogheye’s relationships. If there is anything we can learn about his connection. Then we’ll update.

Richard Okorogheye’s Career, What was his profession?

There are no details available on Richard Okorogheye’s career.

How much is Richard Okorogheye Net worth?

The net worth of British man Richard Okorogheye is not known.   

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Which school and college did he go to?

Talking about the educational background of Richard Okorogheye, there are no sources providing data on his education. The high school he went to and the university he graduated from are all under review. This, we can assume that he completed his education in his hometown.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Richard Okorogheye is not available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Richard Okorogheye’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Richard Okorogheye’s should be knows

Zodiac signNot Available
Relationship StatusSingle