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Police tell missing student’s mum ‘we can’t find your son if you can’t’

Ms Joel, the mother of a missing teenager has said police told her 'if you can't find your son, how do you expect police officers to find your son for you?'.

Richard Okorogheye, 19, has sickle cell disease and it’s been said that his disappearance was completely out of character. He has not been heard from for more than a week after he left his home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, at about 8.30pm on March 22nd.


When his worried mother reported her son’s disappearance, Met officers did not consider Richard to be ‘high risk’ until he’d been missing for six days.


The mother of one told Sky News: ‘I told a police officer that my son was missing, please help me find him, and she said: “If you can’t find your son, how do you expect police officers to find your son for you?” I was expecting assurance. My son was missing and it broke my heart.’


Now the Met has urged anyone with information to come forward.


Met Police yesterday said they were ‘becoming increasingly concerned’ for Richard’s welfare and appealed to the public for information on his whereabouts.


Scotland Yard said: ‘The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to providing the best possible service to families of missing people, ensuring that they are supported by specialist officers and informed of investigative updates as soon as possible. The investigation into the disappearance of Richard Okorogheye remains ongoing – his family are being supported by a dedicated family liaison officer while all available resources are being utilised in the search.’


Maybe they meant 'providing the best possible service when we decide to and think it's been long enough'. Appalling.