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Cortney Lake's ex-boyfriend 'only suspect,' police pleading for people to come forward

Lisa Lake, Cortney Lake's mother, wept as she begged anyone with information on her daughter's death to come forward.

Lake's mother wept as she described the last few months as 'living hell'

Lisa Lake wipes tears from her eyes while making a statement to the media Tuesday, as the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary provided an update on the Cortney Lake homicide investigation. (CBC)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary confirmed Tuesday that Philip Smith, ex-boyfriend of Cortney Lake, is the "only suspect" in her death.

The last five months have been a living hell for our family.- Lisa Lake

Police are "pleading" with people who investigators believe "have withheld information" in the Lake homicide investigation to come forward.

The Major Crimes Unit has released new images of Smith and his vehicle from June 8, 2017 — the day after Lake, 24, was last seen with Smith. 

Cortney Lake, 24, has been missing since Wednesday, June 7. (GoFundMe)

Police are asking anyone who may have seen his truck or anyone who has dashcam footage to please come forward. 

Smith committed suicide and his body was found in a wooded area near Bellevue Beach on Nov. 1.

Police searched the area following the discovery of Smith's body, but said no clues were found regarding the homicide investigation.

The RNC said Lake's death remains an "active investigation."

Lisa Lake fights tears talking about her daughter's homicide

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Police provided an update Tuesday in the Cortney Lake homicide investigation

'Living hell' for family 

Lisa Lake, Cortney's mother, cried as she spoke about her only daughter on Tuesday at police headquarters.

"The last five months have been a living hell for our family," she said, weeping.

RNC released several images of Philip Smith from June 8, including this one from inside the Ultramar gas station on Portugal Cove Road, near Higgins Line. (RNC)

She begged anyone with information that could lead police to Lake's remains to come forward, so that family could bury her.

"My daughter deserves that, we need that," said Lake.

RNC Insp. Tom Warren is the lead investigator in the Cortney Lake homicide investigation. (CBC)

"I would love to be able to place flowers on her grave."

Lake has not been seen since June 7, and police are investigating her disappearance as a homicide, although her body has not been found.

RNC have released these images of Smith's truck pulling into Ultramar on Portugal Cove Road, near Higgins Line on June 8. That is the day after Lake was last seen with Smith. (RNC)

Police said over 100 interviews have been conducted in the Lake investigation so far and the investigative team "remains focused and committed to working toward locating the body of Cortney Lake."

Anyone with information is asked to call the RNC's investigative team directly at (709) 729-8800 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers. 

With files from Meghan McCabe