Foul play has not been ruled out in the two month disappearance of a Smiths Falls, Ontario man Lawrence Bertrim, 42

It’s been over two months since Lawrence Bertrim, 42, went missing from Smiths Falls’ downtown core. The Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) has renewed calls for the public’s assistance to find Bertrim. His family is concerned for his well-being and has become increasingly concerned.

Bertrim was last seen in downtown Smiths Falls between 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in the downtown core of Smiths Falls. He was reported missing the following day on Monday, Oct. 2. Bertrim is described as a white male, 5’7” tall, with a thin build.

“At this point, we cannot rule out foul play, nor can we speculate if he doesn’t want to be found or if this matter involves self-harm,” said deputy police Chief Jodi Empey in a statement to this newspaper on Monday, Dec. 5.

Empey said the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has assisted the SFPS upon our request to help search various areas — in both jurisdictions.

“We thank them for this continued support,” she said. “We have conducted many ground searches, canvassed many homes in town and interviewed dozens of people.”
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Empey said police continue to receive tips relating to Bertrim’s disappearance, all of which have been followed up on with the service’s crime unit.

“The investigation is progressing. However, we continue to alert the public to generate someone to come forward with pertinent information to solve his disappearance and do the right thing for his family,” she said. “We know there are people in this community (who) know what happened to Lawrence.”–cannot-rule-out-foul-play-police-continue-to-investigate-man-missing-from-smiths-falls/

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