OXFORD Brookes University has paid tribute to Richard Okorogheye after his body was found in Essex after a two-week-long search. 

Last night, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a body found in Epping Forest had been formally identified as the missing 19-year-old. 

Officers said the death is being treated as unexplained but officers do not believe there was any third-party involvement 'at this stage'.

A post mortem took place on Wednesday and found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.


Writing online, the Oxford Brookes Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “We have received confirmation of the tragic news that Richard Okorogheye, a student at Oxford Brookes University, has died.

"Richard was a first-year student on the Computer Science for Cyber Security programme. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Richard’s family and friends.

“This is devastating news for the Oxford Brookes community and we will be reaching out to students and staff to offer them support. We encourage any students who are affected by this news or who need support for any reason to contact our Wellbeing Services or access 24/7 support via TogetherAll.

“When appropriate, and in line with any wishes expressed by Richard’s family, we will arrange a suitable commemoration for Richard.

“The University will not be commenting further at this point.” 


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