Mother of Nigerian woman found dead on UK beach seeks justice

Esther Abe, mother of 21-year-old Blessing Olusegun whose body was found lying on a beach at Bexhill in East Sussex, United Kingdom, has called on the police to find out the cause of her daughter’s death.

Ms Olusegun, a London business student, was on a one-week placement as a live-in carer for elderly dementia patients at a home run by Agincare in Bexhill, a seaside town, two hours drive from London.

CCTV footage showed she was walking towards the beach around 1 am on September 18, but cameras did not reveal what happened next.

The Nigerian was speaking on the phone to her boyfriend and a close friend and told them to stay on the line before she suddenly became unreachable.

Her iPhone and slippers were also found a few metres from her body.

“I’m devastated beyond words,” Olusegun’s mother told the UK-based Evening Standard. “I spoke to Blessing the day before and she was fine.

“Then the police came to say she was dead. A member of the public saw her body on the beach early in the morning.

“I’m a mother and I need to know what happened to my daughter. Did she come to harm?

“Blessing did not have any friends in Bexhill – all of them are in London. She was only supposed to be there for a week.

“She had so much to do in her life. Now I will not see her mature into a beautiful, gorgeous and talented woman. I don’t know what I am going to.”

In a statement, the Sussex police said they’re not treating the incident as a suspicious one.

“Police have been investigating the circumstances and the death is being treated as unexplained though not suspicious at this stage.

“A post mortem took place on September 24 and further forensic tests are being carried out in order for the cause of death to be established. Police enquiries are continuing in liaison with the Coroners Officer.”