Over 30,000 people sign petition calling for police to investigate 21-year-old Blessing Olusegun’s mysterious death

More than 30,000 people urge the police to continue investigating the mysterious death of Blessing Olusegun.

  • Blessing Olusegun’s body was found lifeless on a beach in Sussex last year.
  • The 21-year-old business student’s death was deemed “unexplained” by local police. 
  • Over 30,000 people want to know “What actually happened” to Blessing, following the aftermath of Sarah Everard’s murder.
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Blessing Olusegun, a 21-year-old business student, was found dead on a beach in East Sussex in September 2020. The London-born girl had traveled to Bexhill on a one-week placement as a carer, assisting elderly people suffering from mental health illnesses.

As UNILAD reports, Sussex Police claimed Blessing’s death was “unexplained”. According to Sussex Live, a few days after the young woman’s lifeless body was discovered on the beach, forensic tests confirmed she had drowned. There was no evidence of violence or of any injuries.

Despite the confirmation, Blessing’s death remains a mystery. One of the most disturbing facts about the case is the substantial time gap between when she was last seen alive to when her body was found.

People want answers about the “unexplained” death of the 21-year-old student. 

Following the dreadful death of Sarah Everard – a 33-year-old marketing executive found murdered at the hands of a police officer, many are raising awareness about Blessing’s case.

As of Tuesday, March 16, a Change.org petition named “Justice For Blessings” has already been signed by more than 30,000 people. In the description, Joshua Mellody, who established the page, writes:

“Her mother Esther Abe is demanding to know why her beautiful daughter died on September 18th. We need justice for Blessing and her family. What actually happened?”

In an update from Sunday, March 14, Mellody adds:

“Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared Blessing’s story. Her death IS suspicious and we will not let it be left ‘unexplained’. Something happened that night that left Blessing lifeless on the beach. The police need to investigate it. The system needs to do better.”

Just like Sarah, Blessing had been speaking on the phone with her boyfriend moments before she was last seen alive. 

CCTV footage from around 1:00 a.m. on September 18 showed Olusegun walking towards the beach where her body was later discovered. While talking to her partner, she reportedly told him to remain on the line with her, similar to Everard’s case.

Blessing was found dead on the beach only a few hours later, at 6:20 a.m., as the Evening Standard reveals.

Detective Inspector Pippa Nicklin stated:

Although there continues to be no evidence of crime at present we have been keeping an open mind and are still carefully and fully examining all the circumstances leading up to Blessing’s death, from her arrival in Bexhill, to her leaving the house where she was working and walking to the beach.

This work continues, and meanwhile anyone who saw Blessing that night, or who has any other information that will help, can contact us either online at (link to be added) or by calling 101 Sussex, quoting Operation Vista.”

If you have been affected by crime and wish to speak to someone in confidence, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111. The phone line is available 24/7 to anyone in England and Wales.

You can find more information about ‘help for victims’ services in the U.S. here.

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