N.L. po­lice name dead man as sus­pect in Cort­ney Lake van­ish­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Po­lice have named a dead man as the only sus­pect in a young New­found­land woman’s dis­ap­pear­ance, as her mother pleaded for peo­ple to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion in a pre­sumed homi­cide that has gripped the province for months.

Cort­ney Lake, a 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.

“As Cort­ney’s mother, I can­not ac­cept that we may never find her,” Lisa Lake told re­porters dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Tues­day, break­ing into tears. “I am beg­ging to­day for any­one, any­body who can help us find Cort­ney please, please come for­ward.”

The Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary said Philip Smith, her ex-boyfriend, was the only sus­pect in the homi­cide. The 25-year-old man was found dead Nov. 1 in the woods near Belle­vue Beach, about an hour west of St. John’s.

Po­lice said Smith’s death was nei­ther sus­pi­cious nor crim­i­nal in na­ture but haven’t con­firmed mul­ti­ple re­ports he had killed him­self. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they found no clues about Lake dur­ing a search of the area after Smith’s body was re­cov­ered.

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