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    Sadly Sonia Varaschin who was reported missing after she failed to turn up for work two weeks ago in Orangeville, Ontario was found dead, her remains were found in a wooded area in Caledon near Beech Grove Sideroad and Mountainview Road. Ontario Provincial Police said Tuesday the autopsy on human remains found in southern Ontario Sunday confirmed they were those of a missing nurse.

    Homicide investigators have now switched their focus to finding her killer, Ontario Provincial Police told a news conference Wednesday in Orangeville that they are looking for just one person and the suspect is likely a man who wore a Size 10 or 11 work boot.

    Mark Pritchard, an OPP detective inspector, said the brand of the boots is either Wind River or Dakota, sold exclusively by Mark’s Work Wearhouse. He asked the public to think back to Aug. 30, when the killer may have come home with unexplained stains on his clothes or boots, adding that he may have thrown out the boots since then.

    “We believe that Sonia’s killer is very familiar with Orangeville, with the outskirts of Orangeville, Sonia’s neighbourhood, Sonia’s townhouse — and potentially Sonia herself,” Pritchard said. OPP said earlier they believe the killer used Varaschin’s white Toyota to move her body from her home to the wooded area where it was found.

    So far, investigators haven’t revealed the cause of death. Days into the investigation, Varaschin’s family had been told to expect the worst and this weekend their fears were confirmed. The victim’s friends and family are asking for privacy during this time.

    Last week, police asked people in rural areas in and around the city to scan their properties for the bloody bed sheets believed to have been used in the crime. Investigators are also asking anyone who saw her white Corolla on Aug. 29 or Aug. 30 to contact them.

    If you have an information about the murder of Sonia Varaschin please contact the dedicated tip line at 519-941-2522, ext. 2211. Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. A $2,000 reward has been offering for tips leading to a conviction.

    Some photos of Sonia Varaschin in happier times, a memorial group has also been setup on Facebook.


    Comment from M. Woods
    Time August 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I was hoping that I had some idea that would be helpful to find the person or persons who snuffed out the life of such a beautiful and vital person.

    I was living with my brother in Orangeville when Sonia was murdered and it really upset me.

    I was just reading a book I got from the Library about Colonel Russell Williams and while browsing through the pictures in the book they showed a photo of his boots and checked it out on the internet, but the prints don’t look the same. Whose to say that Russell Williams could have very easily travelled to Orangeville to throw police off his trail, its a small town, everyone appears to know each other and talk quite openly and a lot of people don’t expect this type of thing in a small place.

    I felt so bad for Sonia’s family…I can understand why they were devastated…my older sister just passed away and I have been heartbroken, but her’s was a natural process of life. Their loss is so, so sad…

    My heart and my love goes out to the family…it is my sincere wish they could find the person responsible for horrific crime.

    God Bless and keep them in your loving care.


    Comment from jennifer
    Time August 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Um…Russell Williams was already in police custody when Sonia’s murder occurred.

    Comment from Lazy police
    Time April 6, 2013 at 4:26 am

    It seems that the police stick to the size of the boots and Orangeville too much which may slip other possibilities.

    Comment from seekjustice
    Time August 9, 2021 at 8:46 am

    > It seems that the police stick to the size of the boots and Orangeville too much which may slip other possibilities.

    I have thought as the comment above since the OPP announced regarding the boots. Stick to the size of the boots made them blind and seems to have missed more important clues.

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