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A potential witness in the case of missing Orangeville nurse Sonia Varaschin has not been able to help them figure out what happened to her.
A video released to public on Wednesday showed a passenger minivan at 3:55 a.m. Monday, passing through the area where Varaschin’s bloodied car was later found abandoned.
The driver of the minivan came forward immediately.
“Unfortunately the driver did not see anything that could have helped the investigation and police thank the driver for coming forward so promptly,” provincial police said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Varaschin, a 42-year-old registered nurse, was last seen Sunday. Her Spring St. townhouse and white Toyota Corolla were found covered in blood Monday after family reported her missing when she didn’t show up for work.
Police confirmed Wednesday that they believe she was a victim of violence. For the past four days, more than 100 officers from across the province have combed through ditches, bogs and woodlands in a search for clues.
“It’s a very difficult time for the family as well as this community and our investigation, as well as our search, will continue until we find Sonia,” Orangeville Police Chief Joseph Tomei during a news conference Wednesday.
Varaschin loved the outdoors, listing mountain climbing, hiking and skiing on her Facebook page as some of her favourite activities.
Varaschin’s family is not commenting on her disappearance right now. “We just want peace,” her mother told the Star Wednesday.
Her brother Viv Varaschin also said he wasn’t ready to speak about his sister, but on a Facebook group wall for the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, he appealed to members to help find her.
“We are in search of one of the best skiers, Sonia Varaschin (my sister) went missing, [p]lease look around your properties and report anything strange,” he wrote, signing the message “her brother viv.” “Miss/love you Sonia!!” he added.
Friends have created a Facebook page to help spread word about her disappearance.
In her professional life, Varaschin specialized in treating epilepsy and neurological disorders. During the summer, she worked with teenagers with epilepsy at Summerfest Camp in nearby Longford Mills. Varaschin was on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children for five years, ending in 2008. She then began work at Southlake Hospital in Newmarket. Southlake spokeswoman Andrea Griepsma said Varaschin left the centre about a month ago to pursue another job.“We’re concerned for her safety and our thoughts go out to her family and friends,” she said.
Varaschin is described as being approximately 5”1 and 125 lbs. She has brown hair with light streaks.
Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call the dedicated tip line at 519-941-2522, extension 2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.