One year since the disappearance of Lawrence Bertrim

Missing person, Lawrence Bertrim.
Investigation continues, public input essential

submitted by OPP

It has been one year since Smiths Falls resident Lawrence BERTRIM disappeared.

Lawrence, who would now be 43, was last seen on September 30, 2022, at about 11:00 pm in downtown Smiths Falls.

The Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) initially began a missing person investigation and requested assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police in December 2022. SFPS has been working collaboratively with the OPP since January of this year, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Lawrence BERTRIM is 5’6″ (171 cms), of medium build – 149 lbs (67.5 kg), with brown hair and blue eyes.

While investigators have been receiving an abundance of second-hand information, the detectives need to hear from anyone with potential first-hand knowledge of Lawrence’s activities the night he disappeared or in the days leading up to September 30, 2022.

Investigators believe someone has key information.

Investigators and family members are concerned for Lawrence’s well-being and believe that someone in the community has information regarding his whereabouts.

A video appeal from Lawrence BERTRIM’s family can be seen on the Ontario Provincial Police East Region Facebook page or on X at @OPP_ER.

Anyone with information should call the OPP tip line at 1-844-677-9404 to reach detectives working on the investigation. 

If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or go online at


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