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Author Topic: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador  (Read 2058 times)


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Status: Missing - Suspicious

Name: Courtney LAKE
Age: 24 Yr Old
Area of Disappearance: St. John's NFLD
Location Last Seen: Wellington Crescent
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 110lbs
Hair Color: Light Brown

Clothing Description:

Footwear: White & Grey Nike Sneakers w/ Pink Laces
Jacket: Grey/White/Pink Hooded Jacket

Additional Information:
RNC Search for Missing Person – Cortney LAKE (24 Years Old)

(St. John’s, NL), June 9, 2017 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is seeking the assistance of the general public in locating missing person Cortney LAKE.

LAKE was last seen in St. John’s on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. She is described as being 5’8” and between 110-120lbs with light brown hair. LAKE was last seen wearing white and grey Nike sneakers with pink laces and a Grey/White/Pink hooded jacket.

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Police Contact Number:
Anyone who has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Cortney LAKE is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at





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Cortney Lake disappearance now a homicide investigation, RNC says
'Our hearts are forever broken,' says Lake's family; police seek info on black GMC pickup truck
Stephanie Tobin · CBC NewsJune 30, 2017

Police are now investigating Cortney Lake's disappearance as a homicide and police say they've identified more than one person of interest.

Lake, 24, was last seen on June 7 just before 8 p.m., walking away from her home on Wellington Street in Mount Pearl.
"The RNC's Major Crime Unit is now investigating the disappearance of Cortney Lake as a murder investigation," Const. Geoff Higdon told reporters Friday morning.
Newly-released footage shows Lake getting into a black GMC pickup truck on Michener Avenue, near her home, at exactly 7:54 p.m. NT.

Video, taken from a vehicle's dashcam, shows Lake walking down the road when the black pickup pulls up next to her. Lake then gets into the passenger side of the truck.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said Friday it has received dozens of calls from the public which has been helpful in establishing the timeline around Lake's disappearance.
Information has also led to a "significant amount of evidence" that leads investigators to believe this is a homicide.

"Information thus far has led investigators to believe that Cortney Lake was murdered and investigators have identified people of interest, but we will not be providing any information on who may be involved or how they may be involved," Higdon said.
Higdon added that he couldn't release specific details which led investigators to change the investigation from a missing person case to a homicide.
Taken to secluded area
Police believe Lake was taken to a secluded wooded area a short drive from where she was picked up on June 7.
"Unfortunately we don't know how far she would have been driven," Higdon said.

Searches have been conducted in the Galway development, around Power's Pond in Mount Pearl, in wooded areas off the Outer Ring Road, as well as in the Seal Cove area of Conception Bay South.
The RNC said the black pickup in question has a Browning camouflage deer head decal on the passenger side of the truck's back window.

The description of the truck being sought by police matches the truck seized from 25-year-old Philip Steven Smith's Alice Drive home earlier this week.
However, police have not confirmed that the truck in the dashcam video belongs to Smith.
Anyone who may have seen the black GMC truck in the area at the time of Lake's disappearance, or who may also have dashcam footage, is asked to call the RNC at 709-729-8000 or Crime Stoppers.

'We will not rest,' family says
Lake's family released a statement Friday morning, following the police update.
"Our hearts are forever broken," Lake's aunt Glenda Power said in an emailed statement.

"Cortney has been taken from us in the worst way imaginable. We are horrified and devastated as we think of what her last moments on this earth might have been."
Lake was the mother of a six-year-old boy.
Power's statement said the family is imploring the public to come forward with any information that could be helpful to the investigation.
"We will not rest until we bring Cortney home," the message said. "She must be found."

Home of ex-boyfriend searched earlier this week
Earlier this week, officers searched the Alice Drive home of Lake's ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Philip Steven Smith.
On same day Cortney Lake disappeared, Philip Smith pleaded guilty to assaulting her in April
Cortney Lake disappearance: Police search ex-boyfriend's home, remove items

Smith was convicted and received a suspended sentence for the April 15 assault. He was also convicted of breaching a recognizance that prohibited him from contacting Lake or her mother, Lisa Lake. That offence happened June 5.
Police have held Smith in custody since his home was searched Tuesday.



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Thoughts and prayers to the Lake family. When will the domestic violence end and when will the women realize, once they've assaulted you, that you should not ever get in a vehicle by yourself. It is another horrendous murder of an innocent woman, who did nothing to deserve this. If Smith is responsible, he is nothing but a weak coward. I don't understand any of it, every time this happens, it is usually premeditated and this sounds like it was. Smith should get the maximum sentence, if he is responsible for this crime and it sure sound like it from the information that is on here. A little boy is now without his mom, through another senseless act of domestic violence. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(