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  • VIDEO RNC says Smith Currently Sole Suspect in Cortney Lake Homicide

    The RNC have confirmed that Philip Smith is the only suspect at this time in the homicide of Cortney Lake, a young Mount Pearl woman, who was last seen getting into his pickup on June 7.

    Inspector Tom Warren, the lead in the homicide investigation, provided an update this morning.

    He says Smith admitted in court in early August that he was the person who picked up Cortney Lake at 7:54 p.m. on June 7 on Michener Avenue in Mount Pearl. He confirmed that Smith was a suspect, and at this point, is the only suspect in the investigation.

    Smith took his own life. His body was located in Bellevue Beach November 1, and prompting an intensive search of the area led by the RNC.

    Members of Lake’s family were on hand for today’s police update, sitting along the wall and holding pictures of Cortney.

    Inspector Warren says they have conducted over 100 interviews in connection with the case and they believe that some of those they spoke with withheld information, because some of it contradicts factual evidence.

    Police provided a new timeline in today’s news conference. They released new images of Smith’s black GMC pickup the day after Lake was last seen with him.

    He says Smith picked up Lake at 7:54 p.m. on June 7. The next known sighting of his vehicle was in the east end of St. John’s at 8:30 that same evening. They also place Smith in his vehicle at the Ultramar on Higgins Line on the morning of June 8. He entered the service station wearing green rubber boots, paid for his gas and proceeded eastbound on Higgins Line and headed left onto Portugal Cove Road heading in the direction of the airport.

    Inspector Warren says he hopes that today’s news conference will lead people to come forward with new information.

    In an emotional public address, Cortney Lake’s mother, Lisa broke down several times as she explained the impact of losing her only daughter has had on her and her family.

    She says her son celebrated a birthday without his mommy and says a piece of her family is gone.

    She says Cortney loved Thanksgiving and Christmas and they will never be able to celebrate those occasions with her “beautiful face” again.

    She begged anyone who may have information to help them find Cortney’s body to come forward.

    She says she cannot accept that they may never find her.

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