Two Met officers given misconduct notices over Richard Okorogheye case

9 Jul 2021

Two Met police officers have been served with misconduct notices after “failing to pass on new and relevant information” in a missing person case, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has said.

Teenager Richard Okorogheye went missing after leaving his home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on March 22. The 19-year-old student’s body was discovered in a lake 20 miles away, in Epping Forest, Essex, just over a week later.

An IOPC investigation found officers may have failed to pass on “new and relevant information” to staff making missing person assessments.

A spokesperson told The Guardian: “We can confirm that we have served misconduct notices on two members of Metropolitan police service staff as there is an indication that they may have failed to pass on new and relevant information relating to Richard Okorogheye to the team responsible for conducting missing person assessments.

“The serving of misconduct notices does not mean that disciplinary proceedings will follow.”