RNC Release New Information in Cortney Lake Homicide Investigation

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has released new information in relation to the Cortney Lake homicide investigation. The RNC’s Major Crime Unit is confirming that Phillip Smith, an ex-boyfriend of Cortney Lake, is a suspect in her homicide. Smith was located deceased by the RCMP in the early hours of Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in the Bellevue Beach area. According to the RCMP, the circumstances around Smith’s death do not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature. The RNC, along with the ROVERS, Avalon North Wolverines, and the Central Avalon Search and Rescue groups, conducted ground searches in a wooded area between the Main Road in Bellevue and the Trans-Canada Highway in search for evidence in relation to the Cortney Lake Homicide but did not locate anything. Investigators with the Major Crime Unit believe that there are individuals who have withheld information. Police are pleading with those or any individuals who may have any information that could assist in the Cortney Lake homicide investigation to contact the investigative team directly at 709-729-8800 or leave information anonymously by calling NL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anyone who has information pertaining to the Cortney LAKE homicide 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 www.nlcrimestoppers.com.