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RNC to announce ‘significant update’ in Cortney Lake case

Cortney Lake.
Cortney Lake.

Police will hold a media conference Friday morning to provide what they say is a “significant update” in the Cortney Lake missing-person case.

The RNC will also release more surveillance footage they say adds to the timeline around when Lake went missing.

Lake, 24, was last seen June 7 in Mount Pearl. Her family and police have been pleading with anyone with any information on her whereabouts to come forward. Family and friends have been circulating posters online with the hashtag #helpusfindcortney and around town with Lake’s photo, hoping the mother of one will be found safe.

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at the home of Lake’s ex-boyfriend, Philip Smith, on Alice Drive in the Ridge Road area of St. John’s, towing a black truck from the driveway and taking boxed and bags of items from the house.

In the meantime, Smith, 23, was in provincial court on 11 different charges: one charge of driving while disqualified, eight counts of breaching a recognizance and two counts of driving while disqualified, all said to have happened in Mount Pearl and St. John’s between June 7 and 22.

A number of charges relate the breaking of a condition that he have no contact with Lake’s mother. Smith will be back in court on Tuesday for a possible bail hearing.

According to court information, Lake took out and subsequently withdrew two separate peace bonds against Smith in April and May of this year. In May, Smith took out a peace bond against Lake, which was dropped once it reached court after her disappearance.

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