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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
Eye Color: UNKNOWN/NOT LISTED

Clothing Description:

Pants:UNKNOWN/NOT LISTED
Shirt: UNKNOWN/NOT LISTED
Footwear: White & Grey Nike Sneakers w/ Pink Laces
Jacket: Grey/White/Pink Hooded Jacket
Sweater:UNKNOWN/NOT LISTED


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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Please see the attached photo.

RNC File # 2017-31993




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 http://www.nlcrimestoppers.com.


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WebURL: https://www.rnc.gov.nl.ca/2017/06/09/927/

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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/newfo...-1.4185433

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. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 04:36:26 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cortney-lake-family-search-1.4361687

With days growing shorter, Cortney Lake's family continues to search
At least 1 item belonging to Lake found in searches, but aunt won't disclose what it was
CBC News Posted: Oct 19, 2017

Four months after Cortney Lake's disappearance, her family continues to search.

Family-led searches ? more than 60 so far, according to Lake's aunts, Glenda Power and Donna Walsh ? have covered a vast territory, from Seal Cove near Holyrood, to Bay Bulls, and as much of the Avalon Peninsula as they can.

Lake has not been seen since June 7, and police are investigating the disappearance as a homicide, although her body hasn't been found.

Everything searchers find and turn over to the police is a potential clue, one they hope will be the key to finding the Mount Pearl woman and bringing her home.

"We have found lots of things, actually. One item in particular has been confirmed to be that of Cortney's," Walsh told CBC's St. John's Morning Show on Thursday.

She wouldn't identify what was found, just that it was located near Torbaymans Pond off the Trans-Canada Highway by the Irving station west of St. John's.

"But every search we're out on, we're waiting and wishing and hoping and praying that today we find more things."

Power said the police have been in regular contact with the family.

"They're asking us to be patient and certainly have assured us that they have a large investigative team on this and are working hard every day to find Cortney's remains and to be able to get to a point where they can arrest a murderer or murderers," she said.

But whether the family is satisfied with the investigation is still a hard question to answer given that it's been four months and Lake hasn't been found.


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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 02:24:53 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cortney-lake-missing-woman-investigation-update-1.4185433

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
By Stephanie Tobin, CBC News Posted: Jun 30, 2017 6:37 AM NT Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017 7:24 PM NT

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

Cortney Lake homicide truck decal
This is an example of the camouflage deer head decal sticker on the black GMC pickup truck police are looking for in connection with Cortney Lake's June 7 disappearance. (RNC)

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.


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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 02:29:24 PM »
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Cortney Lake disappearance: Police search ex-boyfriend's home, remove items
Philip Steven Smith, 25, in custody for breaching court orders including one to stay away from Lake's mother
By Meghan McCabe, CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2017 3:34 PM NT Last Updated: Jun 28, 2017 6:27 PM N

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is currently at the home of Philip Steven Smith, an ex-boyfriend of Cortney Lake.

The 24-year-old woman has been missing since June 7.

Cortney Lake's family, friends hold vigils of hope for her return
Officers converged at the home on Alice Drive in the east end of St. John's Tuesday evening and have been there ever since.

Documents obtained by CBC News indicate the two-unit property is owned by Philip Smith and his father Melvin Smith.

Lake missing sign police
RNC officers have been securing this home on Alice Drive since Tuesday evening. (Cec Haire/CBC)

Police obtained a warrant to search the home late Wednesday afternoon. However they will not confirm it is in connection with Lake's disappearance.

A tow truck removed a black pick-up from the driveway around 4 p.m.

Smith, 25, has not been charged in connection with the disappearance of Lake. He is in custody today facing 11 charges, including breaching a court order to stay away from Lake's mother, Lisa Lake.

Smith is due to appear in court July 4 for a bail hearing.

Friends of Lake say the two had been in a relationship earlier this year, but she had obtained a peace bond to keep him from having contact with her.

Court documents obtained by CBC News indicate Smith is charged with driving while disqualified in Mount Pearl on June 7 as well as breaching an order from Feb. 23, 2017 to keep the peace towards Lisa Lake, Cortney Lake's mother.

Video surveillance footage from a nearby home shows Cortney Lake walking away from her mother's home on Wellington Crescent in Mount Pearl at 7:57 p.m. on June 7.

Police say that is the last time Lake, the mother of a 6-year-old son, was seen before she stopped using her phone and bank account.

A probation order also dated June 7 ordered Smith to stay away from Cortney Lake and Lisa Lake.

Her family has been pleading for her safe return and any information about her whereabouts ever since.

see video of truck being removed in this article./jb

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/police-secure-cortney-lake-philip-smith-house-1.4182042

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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/still-no-answers-in-n-l-woman-s-mysterious-disappearance-1.3665773

Still no answers in N.L. woman's mysterious disappearance

Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, November 6, 2017 4:00PM EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- A Newfoundland family's agonizing wait for answers was prolonged without explanation Monday as police abruptly cancelled a public update on their investigation into the presumed murder of Cortney Lake.
The 24-year-old mother of a young son vanished June 7 after getting into a truck near her home in Mount Pearl, near St. John's.
The haunting case gripped the province and inspired total strangers to help look for the missing woman over the last five months, amid a social media campaign hashtagged .HelpFindCortney.

Her ex-boyfriend was found dead last week.
Lake's relatives led extensive ground searches but her body has not been recovered.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said June 30 it was treating Lake's disappearance as a homicide.
"Our family met with Sgt. Tom Warren and members of his team this morning," family spokeswoman Glenda Power said Monday in a statement. "At his request, the news conference planned for today has been postponed. Please respect that we are unable to answer any other questions."
Warren is a senior member of the constabulary's major crime unit.
Lake's loved ones were seen leaving police headquarters in St. John's with a large photo of her just before the news conference was to begin. Her mother, Lisa Lake, was to make a statement to media as part of the now-delayed event.
RNC spokesman Geoff Higdon said no other details were available. It wasn't clear when the update may be rescheduled.
The body of Lake's ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Philip Steven Smith, was discovered last week in the woods near Bellevue Beach, about an hour west of St. John's. Sources quoted in local media reports indicated Smith took his own life but RCMP have only confirmed a sudden death.
Smith was never named by police as a suspect in Lake's assumed murder -- which the force said was an isolated incident --nor was he charged in connection with it.
Police said they found no clues about Lake during a search of the area after Smith's body was recovered.
Investigators had earlier said they believed Lake was driven to a secluded, wooded area close to the residential neighbourhood where she was picked up, but did not know where.
"Our hearts are forever broken," the family said in a statement after police announced their belief last summer that Lake had been murdered.
"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."
The family put out another statement last week after Smith's body was found.
"Our condolences go out to the family of Philip Smith," it said. "We understand too well the heartbreak of sudden and tragic loss of a loved one.
"We acknowledge that no one has been charged in connection with Cortney's disappearance and murder. However, if Philip Smith was in fact involved, we hope he left information that will lead us to her."
The family also reiterated its plea that anyone with information about what happened to Cortney Lake contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 05:12:22 PM »
I did hear this on the news and they did not find Cortney as yet and hopefully they will find her to put her at rest in a proper burial.  It is so sad that she trusted him and lost her life over it. 

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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2017, 07:07:54 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/search-bellevue-beach-cortney-lake-1.4427864

Search crews back at Bellevue Beach for Cortney Lake investigation
Lake's former boyfriend Philip Smith killed himself in Bellevue Beach area one month ago
CBC News Posted: Dec 01, 2017

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is back in the Bellevue area this morning, conducting a search that's believed to be related to the Cortney Lake homicide.

Officers and the Rovers Search and Rescue team have returned to the area where the body of Philip Smith was found after he killed himself a month ago.

Lake has been missing since June 7, and police have classified her disappearance as a homicide.

Smith was Lake's former boyfriend and the RNC said he's the only suspect in her disappearance.

Police and Lake's family have pleaded with people who may be withholding information to help investigators.

Lake's family continues to search for her body, and her aunt Glenda Power said while she can't speak on the specifics of what prompted the search Friday morning, the heavy presence of searchers at Bellevue beach is giving the family hope.

"We're praying today is the day Cortney is found," she told the St. John's Morning Show. "It looks like there's a huge team out there with multiple resources, so we are always hopeful."

A dinner, vigil and fundraiser is planned in Marystown Friday night to honour Lake and put the spotlight on, and bring awareness to, violence against women.

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Re: LAKE, Courtney - 24 Yr Old - June 7th 2017 - St. John's NFLD & Labrador
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 02:39:57 PM »
After two days scouring an abandoned farm in Bellevue, police and searchers did not find Cortney Lake or any evidence relating to her disappearance.

Five search and rescue teams with 122 people fanned out into the fields of Smallwood Farm, looking for any clues about the 24-year-old mother's suspected homicide.

In the end, the search turned up nothing.

"I know a lot of the province are looking for answers and waiting for answers on this," said Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Sgt. Paul Didham. "We are too, so if anybody has any more information out there that can assist us on this file, please give us a call."

Lake's aunt, Glenda Power, said the family was waiting, "stomach in knots," for the search to conclude.

In the waning daylight hours, Didham told reporters they had covered off the entire area, believed to be around 100 acres in total.

 If anything turned up before the end of the day, searchers would be back on Sunday, he said. But that doesn't appear to be the case.
Search teams not giving up yet

Search co-ordinator Harry Blackmore said if the RNC need his men and women again, they'll be back ? but the impending winter may hamper future search efforts.

"If they call, we go," he said. "But if we're out here looking for evidence on the ground, and the snow has covered it, it's a waste of time for us to try to do it."

The crews spent about five days planning the search of the farm property, which included fields, forests and buildings.

"This is methodical, the way these searches are done," Didham said. "[These searchers] are highly trained. They're experienced. They're the best in the field at what they're doing.

"Every step that they take and every piece of earth that they move is done methodically. It's done piece by piece, which is a reason why it's taken two days to do this area."

The search was the result of new information obtained by police, but the RNC has not divulged what the tip was.

The farm was last used in 2014, but now sits empty atop a vista of Bellevue beach.

Didham praised the people who helped search Friday and Saturday.

"It's a lot of people. It's a lot of commitment, and we really appreciate it and I'm sure the family appreciates it as well."