Two Metropolitan Police officers are being investigated over their conduct during the hunt for a missing teenager who was later found dead.
Richard Okorogheye went missing from the home he shared with his mum in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on March 22.
The 19-year-old’s body was found 20 miles away in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex, on April 5.
Police are yet to determine a cause of death but a post-mortem found no evidence of physical trauma or assault.
Evidence Joel, Richard’s mum had previously claimed police “did nothing” when she she first reported her son’s disappearance.
She said she believed her son’s disappearance had not been taken seriously by officers because of her race.
Richard, a university student, suffered from sickle cell anaemia and had disappeared without his medication but he was not officially recorded as missing until March 24 – two days after his mum told police.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has confirmed it is investigating complaints about how officers handled reports when the teenager was missing.
The IOPC said that the serving of misconduct notices to the officers did not mean that disciplinary proceedings followed.
It is claimed that one officer failed to pass on information about Richard’s medical condition to the missing persons team after being contacted by his GP.
Another is facing allegations that they failed to take Richard’s condition into account when assessing his risk level.
The BBC reports Ms Joel said: “This development in the IOPC investigation confirms what I have known all along – both Richard’s GP and I were dismissed by numerous officers and staff at the Metropolitan Police.”
Two members of Met Police civilian staff are already under investigation for alleged failures to pass on information relating to Richard’s disappearance.
An IOPC spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have served misconduct notices on two Metropolitan Police Service officers in connection with our investigation of complaints by Richard Okorogheye’s mother about the way police handled reports that her son was missing.
“The serving of misconduct notices does not necessarily mean that disciplinary proceedings will follow.”
The Met said previously that referral had been made to its Directorate of Professional Standards.
This was a matter of routine as the teenager had been reported missing by his family before his body was found.
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