THE devastated mum of a 19-year-old boy whose body was found in Epping Forest two weeks after he vanished has today sobbed "my heart has been ripped apart".
Richard Okorogheye disappeared after telling his mother he was "struggling to cope" with lockdown.
Cops on Wednesday confirmed a body found in a pond in Epping Forest, Essex, is that of Oxford Brookes student Richard, who went missing from his home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, a fortnight ago.
Richard's heartbroken mum Evidence Joel, 39, told Sky News she feels "completely hollow and devastated and empty".
She added: "At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure."
Ms Joel described Richard as the "perfect child" and said she felt "lucky" to be his mother.
"He will always be my baby and I will always be his mother and no one can take that away from me," she added.
Ms Joel said she had visited the site where her son's body was found to lay flowers and found it a "very uncomfortable place to be".
She said: "I wouldn't want to be there. My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness, no torch, no light. An hour and 30 minutes from where he was last seen. He must have guts to do that. He's only 19.
'COMPLETELY EMPTY' Richard Okorogheye: Devastated mum says ‘my heart’s been ripped apart’ after body of son, 19, found in Epping Forest
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