Search expanded for missing student, 19, after police discover new CCTV sighting

The desperate search to find a missing student has expanded outside of London after he was caught on CCTV in Essex.

Richard Okorogheye, 19, an Oxford Brookes University student, was reported missing on Monday, March 22 and detectives have been trying to locate him and return him to his family.

Police have confirmed that the new sighting of Richard placed him in Loughton, Essex on Tuesday, March 23, the day after he disappeared.

The Met Police have undertaken a search of the area after Richard was seen on camera at around 12.39am.

Richard, who suffers from sickle cell disease and no medication with him, left his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of Kensington on the evening of Monday.

In a previously confirmed sighting on March 22, Richard was seen boarding the 23 bus southbound in Ladbroke Grove at 8.44pm.

CCTV footage shows he was wearing all black and had a black satchel bag with a white ‘ADIDAS’ logo, worn across his lower back, reports MyLondon.

Richard then took a taxi journey from the W2 area of London to a residential street in Loughton where he was captured on the new CCTV footage walking alone on Smarts Lane, Loughton towards Epping Forest.

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The Met say they are 'working around the clock' to trace his next steps after the latest sighting and have begun searches in and around the forest as well as carrying out door-to-door enquiries.

Detective chief inspector Nicki Beecher, from the from the Met’s Area West Public Protection Unit, said: “Latest information suggests he was last seen in Loughton in Essex and we are now focusing our attention here with specialist search officers from across the Met brought in to assist.

“Our enquiries also continue in the Ladbroke Grove area.

In a statement, Richard’s mother said: “Richard we love you and miss you very much, please can you come home. We aren’t angry at you. We just want to know that you’re okay.

“For anyone reading this, we are desperately missing our son. If you know anything or know where he might be, please come forward and speak to the police.”

If you have any information, particularly in the Loughton area, please call police on 101 quoting 21MIS008134. In an emergency please call 999.

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