Mother of Richard Okorogheye says heart is 'ripped apart' at son's death
Her comments come after Police confirmed that the body found in a lake in Epping Forest was that of Richard Okorogheye
The mother of the Oxford Brookes student, Richard Okorogheye, who was sadly found dead in a lake in Epping Forest, told Sky News that her heart has "been ripped apart" after her son's death.
The 19-year-old student's mother, Evidence Joel, said she life feels "empty" without her son, Richard, Sky News reported.
Speaking to Sky News, Joel said: "At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure."
She said that "Richard was only 19" when he died, before questioning what there is to look forward to after his death.
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Richard's mother told Sky News that she travelled to the site where Richard's body was found in order to lay flowers.
She said: "It was a very uncomfortable place to be. 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." she said, before adding "he's only 19."
Okorogheye was last seen on 22 March, after telling his mother that he was going to visit a friend. He was later reported missing on 24 March.
His death is reportedly being treated as unexplained and police do not think that there was any involvement by a third-party at this stage of the investigation.