Met Police officers have issued a direct appeal to missing London teenager Richard Okorogheye as police divers are spotted searching in Epping Forest, Essex.
19-year-old Richard Okorogheye was last captured on CCTV on Smarts Lane in Loughton, Essex, getting out of a taxi.
He was filmed walking towards Nursery Road and Epping Forest at 12.39am on Tuesday, March 23, and hasn’t been seen since.
Met Police are now searching in Epping Forest and have appealed to Richard directly for him to confirm his safety.
Detective Superintendent Danny Gosling, Head of the Met’s Central West Public Protection Unit, said: “People can go missing from home for any of number of reasons.
“Our job is not to cast judgement but to work to find them and bring them home safely.
“My message to Richard is clear. Our only concern is your safety.
“You are not in trouble and have done nothing wrong.
“If you read or hear this message we would ask you to contact us, or someone you trust, to let us know you are safe.
“Your loved ones and many other people who you do not even know [you] are very concerned.
“I would also like to thank the public for their continued support in sharing our appeals, checking doorbell and dash cam footage and passing on any information.
“As our efforts to find Richard continue, the eyes and ears of ordinary members of the public will be essential tools in our search.”
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Richard left his family home in Ladbroke Grove, Kensington on the evening of Monday, March 22 before travelling to Loughton, first by bus and then by taxi.
Detectives continue to keep an open mind about Richard’s whereabouts.
They are exploring all possible lines of enquiry and are still appealing for anyone who believes they have seen Richard at any time since he went missing to come forward.
Anybody with any information which may help officers should call 101 quoting 21MIS008134.
Anybody who sees Richard should ring 999 immediately.