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While police wait for the results of forensic testing on evidence collected from murder victim Sonia Varaschin’s car, her home and the area where her body was found, tips from the public continue to pour in.
“The investigative team is still working very hard in following up all leads,” said Orangeville police chief Joseph Tomei, noting the quantity of tips coming in haven’t slowed in the nearly three weeks since Varaschin was last seen alive. “They have numerous leads that have come in from the public.”
Tomei said he’s personally received tips from as far away as B.C. — they too have been looked into.
“Every lead is followed up,” he stressed.
Police continue to believe the “key” to finding Varaschin’s killer is his boots; men’s size 10 or 11 Dakota or Wind River brand, likely with stains on them.
Anyone who knows someone with boots matching that description, or who recently disposed of their boots, is encouraged to call the Orangeville Police Service dedicated tip line at 519-941-2522, ext. 2211.
Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers an award of up to $2,000 for information that leads to a conviction.
Varaschin’s body was found in a wooded area off Beech Grove Sideroad on Sept. 5, one week after she disappeared. Following positive identification of her remains, massive search efforts for the 42-year-old were called off and a murder investigation officially launched.
Because of where the body was found, Tomei said the investigation is being headed by the Ontario Provincial Police, but his force remains actively involved.