TORONTO – Police are searching a large piece of land in Caledon for evidence that could help in their two-year long investigation into the death of Orangeville woman Sonia Varaschin.
On Wednesday, two years after the day the investigation began, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment in Orangeville began scouring approximately 10,000 square feet of land and water in Caledon for evidence.
“We have the underwater search and recovery unit that are here, and they are searching a body of water right over there. And we’re looking for evidentiary or any piece of evidence that may link us to the case,” Caledon OPP Constable Brenda Evans said from the Caledon-area search location. “Today we are as committed as were the day Sonia Varaschin went missing and finding the person or persons responsible for her death.”
The 42-year old Orangeville woman was first reported missing on August 30 2010 after she failed to show up for work at a Mississauga pharmaceutical company.
Police first found her white Toyota Corolla behind the town hall in Orangeville. There was blood stains inside of the Corolla, police said.
A massive search throughout Orangeville and the surrounding area failed to find any evidence of her whereabouts. A week later on September 5, a resident who was out for an early morning walk, discovered her remains in a wooded area near the intersection of Beech Grove Sideroad and Mountainview Road in Caledon – approximately 12 kilometres from Varaschin’s home.
Her death was declared a homicide on September 7, 2010.
Beginning in May 2011, police began collecting voluntary DNA samples from men over the ages of 18 in the surrounding area.
As of Wednesday, police have yet to release details on a suspect.
Police say Wednesday’s search was initiated by tips they received from the public.
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