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Cortney Lake update planned for Tuesday

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Lake's mother to make statement

St. John's, N.L. — Police will be providing an update on the Cortney Lake homicide investigation Tuesday.

Lisa Lake
Lisa Lake

RNC Inspector Tom Warren, the lead investigator on the Cortney Lake homicide investigation, will speak to reporters at a news conference, set for 11:30 a.m. at RNC headquarters in St. John’s.

Following a briefing, Lake’s mother, Lisa Lake, will make a statement.

The news conference had been originally set for Monday, Nov. 6, but was called off at request of the investigative team, “as some information required additional consideration prior to its release,” an RNC news release stated.

“As this is an active investigation, the team constantly receives new information that must be considered prior to release to the public.”

Lake, 24, disappeared June 7 and police believe she was murdered. The last time she was seen was when she was getting into Philip Smith’s pickup around 7:30 p.m. that night near her Mount Pearl home.

Smith’s body was found early on Nov. 1 in a wooded area behind his father’s cabin at Bellevue Beach. The 25-year-old committed suicide.

More than 40 people — including RNC officers, members of the Avalon North Wolverines, Central Avalon ground search and rescue and the Rovers Search and Rescue — took part in an extensive day-long ground search, scouring the woods where his body was found. However, nothing turned up as evidence in the investigation.

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