Nfld. & Labrador

Cortney Lake disappearance: Police search ex-boyfriend's home, remove items

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulay is searching the St. John's home of a man who used to be in a relationship with Cortney Lake, who's been missing for three weeks.

Philip Steven Smith, 25, in custody for breaching court orders including one to stay away from Lake's mother

Cortney Lake, 24, has been missing since June 7 and police say her disappearance is suspicious. (Submitted)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is currently at the home of Philip Steven Smith, an ex-boyfriend of Cortney Lake.

The 24-year-old woman has been missing since June 7.

Officers converged at the home on Alice Drive in the east end of St. John's Tuesday evening and have been there ever since. 

Documents obtained by CBC News indicate the two-unit property is owned by Philip Smith and his father Melvin Smith. 

RNC officers have been securing this home on Alice Drive since Tuesday evening. (Cec Haire/CBC)

Police obtained a warrant to search the home late Wednesday afternoon. However they will not confirm it is in connection with Lake's disappearance. 

A tow truck removed a black pick-up from the driveway around 4 p.m.

Smith, 25, has not been charged in connection with the disappearance of Lake. He is in custody today facing 11 charges, including breaching a court order to stay away from Lake's mother, Lisa Lake. 

Smith is due to appear in court July 4 for a bail hearing. 

Police were outside Philip Smith's east end St. John's home Tuesday and Wednesday, waiting to execute a search warrant. 1:17

Friends of Lake say the two had been in a relationship earlier this year, but she had obtained a peace bond to keep him from having contact with her. 

Court documents obtained by CBC News indicate Smith is charged with driving while disqualified in Mount Pearl on June 7 as well as breaching an order from Feb. 23, 2017 to keep the peace towards Lisa Lake, Cortney Lake's mother. 

Video surveillance footage from a nearby home shows Cortney Lake walking away from her mother's home on Wellington Crescent in Mount Pearl at 7:57 p.m. on June 7.

Police say that is the last time Lake, the mother of a 6-year-old son, was seen before she stopped using her phone and bank account. 

A probation order also dated June 7 ordered Smith to stay away from Cortney Lake and Lisa Lake. 

Her family has been pleading for her safe return and any information about her whereabouts ever since. 

A police officer removes boxes from a home on Alice Drive, where Cortney Lake's former boyfriend lived. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

About the Author

Meghan McCabe is a journalist who works with CBC News in St. John's.