”You are my Oxygen, my crown” – Mom appeals to 19-year old Nigerian son who left home in UK to return


A mum has issued a desperate appeal to find her missing teenage son who hasn’t been seen for nine days by pleading: “Please come home. We love you and miss you very much.”

Richard Okorogheye, 19, vanished after telling his mum he was “struggling to cope” with lockdown and had been shielding due to a sickle cell disease.

The teen said he was going out on March 22 and was last seen walking in Kensington, West London, at around 8.40pm.

Cops have today released new CCTV images from the evening of his disappearance in a desperate bid to find him.

A host of celebrities including Peter Andre, Aisling Bea and Laura Whitmore have also shared appeals to track him down.

His mum Evidence Joel has issued a new appeal for information to find her son – with police saying they are “increasingly concerned”.

She said today: “Richard we love you and miss you very much, please can you come home. We aren’t angry at you. We just want to know that you’re okay.


“For anyone reading this, we are desperately missing our son. If you know anything or know where he might be, please come forward and speak to the police.”

Ms Joel previously told Sky News: “All he said to me was ‘mummy, I’m going to see my friend’.

“I trusted him, I had no doubt or no reason to ask him further questions.

“It’s my baby, it’s my treasure. He’s my oxygen, he’s my crown. He’s everything to me, he’s the reason why I live, the reason I exist.

“Right now I’m empty, there is nothing to look forward to. He’s taken my breath away from me.”

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