Mother of missing Nigerian student Richard Okorogheye ,19, says she feels ‘completely helpless’ 13 days after his disappearance

The mother of missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye has said her life is a ‘complete nightmare’ and that she feels ‘completely helpless’ following her son’s disappearance.

Richard Okorogheye, a 19-year-old Nigerian student at Oxford Brookes University, who has sickle cell disease was last seen on CCTV in Loughton, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 23, walking towards Epping Forest.

Mother of missing Nigerian student Richard Okorogheye ,19, says she feels

Officers and police dogs have been searching the forest for four days. However, nothing of relevance to the investigation has been found, Met Police said, adding that Specialist police divers have now joined the search in Epping Forest.

Mother of missing Nigerian student Richard Okorogheye ,19, says she feels

Mr. Okorogheye was last seen dressed all in black with a white Adidas logo across his lower back and had a black satchel bag.

Mother of missing Nigerian student Richard Okorogheye ,19, says she feels

Speaking to The Guardian, Mr. Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, said waiting for information about her son’s whereabouts has been ‘hell’.

She told the paper: ‘Every day is a nightmare for me now.

‘I feel completely helpless. Helpless, and also, sorry to use this word, but I feel useless. Because I want to go out there, to do something to look for him, search for him, anything.

‘But I can’t’, she said of needing to remain at home in case he makes contact.

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