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Cortney Lake’s disappearance now considered a homicide by RNC

Michelle Slaney said the latest update from the RNC on her cousin  Courtney  Lake is heartbreaking. Pictured are Patsy Slaney (left), Michelle’s mother, and Michelle Slaney.
Michelle Slaney said the latest update from the RNC on her cousin Courtney Lake is heartbreaking. Pictured are Patsy Slaney (left), Michelle’s mother, and Michelle Slaney.

With files from the Telegram St. Lawrence, NL — Michelle Slaney, the cousin of Cortney Lake said the latest news regarding Lake’s disappearance has left her at a loss for words.  

“Just speechless. Devastated the whole family is,” she said.
At a news conference Friday morning, June 30, RNC spokesman Const. Geoff Higdon said that based on the evidence received in the on-going investigation Lake’s disappearance is now being treated as a homicide.
He said tips from the public have been key and led to a significant amount of evidence that has led investigators to believe that Lake was murdered.
Slaney only hopes that if the RNC are correct in their suspicions that the family is able to know what happened to the 24 year old.
“I just hope they find her, so Oliver never has to wonder where his mommy is,” said Slaney, referring to the fact that Lake has a young son. “The family needs her found so there is some closure. This is like a nightmare.”
Slaney told The Southern Gazette Friday that she was uneasy Thurday night while awaiting the update on the case.
“I’ve been awake most of the night checking Facebook and seeing what people were saying, hoping that she can be found . . . before hearing this news today.”
She added she hopes who ever may be responsible, “is gone for a long, long time.”
Lake’s family also provided a statement to the media.
"Our hearts are forever broken. Cortney has been taken from us in the worst way imaginable. We are horrified and devastated as we think of what her last moments on this earth might have been. We will not rest until we bring Cortney home," the family said.
"She must be found. We need to be able to say goodbye in a way that is fitting for our beautiful girl. It is difficult beyond anything we have ever experienced to know that she has left this earth — but we also know that her beautiful soul is shining with a light that could never be extinguished by the evil act of a murderer. We hope justice is swift and strong, imposing the harshest punishment possible to the person(s) responsible for her death.
"Our family is very thankful for the overwhelming amount of support we have received over the last three weeks and for all the information that has come forward to assist the police in their investigation. We implore the public now to come forward to police with any additional information or video footage that can help us find Cortney."
Cortney Lake was previously believed to have been last seen on June 7 at 7:52 p.m. walking away from her home on Wellington Crescent, as recorded by a residential security camera.
Since the RNC’s last appeal for information, investigators have received new images from a vehicle’s dash-cam of Lake getting into a black GMC pickup truck on Michener Avenue (nearby) at exactly 7:54 p.m.
The RNC is asking the public to come forward if they witnessed a black GMC truck the evening of June 7 after 7:54 p.m. in any of the areas of interest.
The truck has a Browning© camouflage “deer head” decal on the passenger side of the back (truck pan) window.
Police are asking anyone who may have been on the roads in and around Mount Pearl, Outer Ring Road, Galway Development or the Trans Canada Highway and have a dash cam to review footage.
Anyone who has information pertaining to the Cortney Lake homicide investigation 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

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