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Five years later, Sonia Varaschin murder investigators ‘aren’t giving up’ on finding her killer

Half a decade following her death, OPP investigators aren’t giving up on finding Sonia Varaschin’s killer.

“There is frustration because we can't solve it but the dedication is there,” said OPP Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford, who is leading a team of investigators that are still “actively investigating” the homicide.

“We aren’t giving up,” Glassford added. “It is just one of those cases that has been very difficult to solve.”

The 42-year-old Orangeville nurse went missing on Aug. 30, 2010. Evidence gathered by Orangeville police and the OPP at Varaschin’s Spring Street apartment started to paint a violent picture.

“It is one of those cases that bothers everybody. ... We want to solve this case. We want to solve it for the family of Sonia. We want to solve it for the community.”

OPP Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford

It became obvious the petite, brown-haired nurse was the victim of foul play. Widespread searches took place across Dufferin County and neighbouring communities using helicopters, ATVs, and officers on foot and horse patrol.

Her body was eventually found a week later by a person walking their dog on Beechgrove Sideroad in Caledon south of Orangeville on Sept. 5, 2010.

Since then, Glassford said his team of investigators within the OPP’s Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) has received more than 1,000 tips from the public.

Each of those tips have been reviewed and investigated. Yet, five years later, no arrests have been made.

“The optimum is to solve it right away but sometimes we don’t,” Glassford said. “Yes, there are cases out there that have gone unsolved but we never give up on it. They are always open until they are solved.”

Closing in on the fifth anniversary of Varaschin’s murder, OPP investigators repeated past calls for the public’s assistance on Friday morning (Aug. 28).

In a news release, police reiterated there is still a $50,000 reward available to anyone providing investigators with information leading to the arrest and conviction of Varaschin’s killer.

Police would welcome any tip, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Each tip investigators receive is investigated “thoroughly,” Glassford explained.

“Somebody out there has a little bit of information at the minimum that they may not even think is important,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to pick up the phone and make that call. Let us decide whether it is of any importance or not.”

There are at least three known crime scenes police have been able to gather evidence from. Those include Varaschin’s apartment, where her car was dumped behind town hall and the site her body was found about a week later on Beechgrove Sideroad.

Based on the evidence in front of investigators, Glassford believes the person responsible for Varaschin’s homicide is familiar with the area.

“I don't believe for a second it is anybody wandering through town,” he said. “Common sense tells me it is somebody who is familiar with the area.”

On the fourth anniversary of the Orangeville woman’s murder, police released surveillance footage taken near the gazebo behind town hall the night of Varaschin’s disappearance.

Glassford said police have since been able to identify those two individuals in the footage and eliminate them as suspects.

In an effort to not compromise the ongoing case, Glassford declined to comment on whether investigators have ever felt they were closing on making an arrest. He said there are a number of details investigators must keep close to the vest.

“It is kind of a difficult situation to be in because we want the public to help us, but we can't tell them everything,” Glassford said. “We can’t lay it all out there because it jeopardizes the case.”

As frustrating as it has been for the public to not see an arrest made five years later, Glassford said it has been similarly aggravating for investigators as well. At least one member of his investigation team has been on the case since day one.

“It is one of those cases that bothers everybody,” Glassford said. “We want to solve this case. We want to solve it for the family of Sonia. We want to solve it for the community.”

Investigators are asking anyone with any information that might help them find Varaschin’s killer to call Orangeville police at 519-941-2522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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Toronto / Re: Garfield Steele | 32 | Murdered Found in Rural Milton | Nov. 3, 2010
« Last post by jellybean on August 28, 2015, 07:32:09 PM »
Looks like this is still unsolved. How sad.

Nova Scotia Unsolved Murders & Missing People / Re: Kevin Wesley Martin 13 murdered
« Last post by oldguy on August 28, 2015, 04:30:40 PM »
How bad was the home life of this family, that would compel Kevin to become a chronic run a way? Was he the only child who would run away from that family? Or was it a personality clash between Kevin and his Step Dad?
Did Kevin harbour a deep resentment of him?

I understand that Kevin was loved by his family, and I get the impression that he must have been a handful.  Some kids can be that way, especially if they get in with the wrong crowd.  Perhaps he rebelled against rules.....
I trimmed Jellybean's post to emphasize my points,

I have a brother who was a chronic runaway,  home life wasn't that bad, he just rejected all rules and control,  the only home issues we had growning up were Dad's drinking, and our Mother's excessive religious beliefs.
Looking back, she was probably schizophrenic or bipolar.
My brother says he never ran away for any reason,  just boredom or he just wanted to.
Growing up in his shadow,I had a pretty rebellious streak, and very little respect of others rules.

Kevin may have been an outlaw soul like my brother and I.
Hope answers will come soon.
I don't remember hearing about this case at all.
lily17, wow, that just throws me into a spin about that, now I am more convinced than ever that the murderer is living right in that area. This fits in with the FBI profiler that I saw on another case, re: (wants to distance  himself from the crime.) He would not have had a vehicle, he was taking short cuts and this is really eye opening, because now more than ever I feel someone that knew she lived alone and used this walking area came upon her when they were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.  About three or four years ago in Halifax, an elderly lady lived alone in her little bungalow. Young people were always using her back yard as a short cut and then one night two youths broke in and robbed her and killed her, so sad. She was alone and could not defend herself. They knew that because they were on her property frequently. This sounds like kind of the same kind of scenario here. In this lady's case, it was two young men, I believe one was a juvenile and they did get them and they were convicted of the crime. Now more then ever, I believe the person lives around that area. I do hope the police have been questioning people that maybe still walking that trail. Thanks for the information on that.
« Last post by SAP on August 28, 2015, 11:48:59 AM »
It sounds hopeless and a losing battle for police. The shooting in the area of 97th street and 137 avenue ... the traffic there is very heavy all day. I am surprised there wasn't more damage done to more people and vehicles with a shoot out there as is mentioned in a post above. Surprised but thankful that innocent lives were not lost.
In the end, those that live by the sword will also die by the sword, however unfortunately they will take a lot of innocent bystanders along with at some point in time. I feel no loss or remorse for these hardened drug dealers when they do each other in and feel it's a blessing to society. I could not offer sympathy to a co-worker who was crying that both her cousins were gunned down over drug deals gone wrong. HELLO! You come to this country for a better life than you had in Latin America, and then get into the same illegal activity? Don't expect sympathy from me!   
Capeheart, to answer your questions, the distance from where Sonia's car was abandoned to her townhouse is very short. In fact, there are well worn trails leading from the complex to Broadway that cut through the trees and you can walk this in minutes. If you don't use the trails and take the sidewalk route, the walking distance is about 10 minutes or less. Jogging would cut the time down to maybe 4 or 5 minutes. All the killer would have had to do to get back to the complex was cross Broadway in the dark and take the short cut through the brush and be back to the complex in a minute or so.
Hope this helps.
I haven't been able to find any recent updates on this case either kMiller.

Taken from reply #36.
Meanwhile, Duke said despite the fact that the case doesn't appear to be moving forward despite the amount of effort put into it, he wants to make sure people don't forget his friend.

"We try not to let Josh's story fade out of the limelight — this was a guy who had so much to give the world. What he aspired to do, certainly in the last few months that he was around, he was well on his way to attempt to become accepted as a police officer because he wanted to help people — that was Josh by nature," said Duke.

"He had so much enthusiasm for life it was almost inspiring and his absence has such a profound effect on the people who loved and cared about him."

The RNC said there is still an active investigation into Miller's disappearance.

Joshua is still missing.
Any new updates from this case?

Can't seem to find anything. Also noticed the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary doesn't even have Joshua even listed as a missing person on their website.

How are the  the public supposed to help find this man when they are not being made aware that he is still missing?   ???

Hopefully new leads arise in this case soon.
There are no words that I can express to you of how thankful I am for your willingness to help my family. I wish I could have told you personally how grateful I am, and to let you know that you have made a difference and helped us heal a little more. I'm so very sorry you and your family have had to feel the pain and anger of not knowing on top of this terrible injustice. It can tear you apart if you let it. I wish you could know the difference you've made in our lives. Although I feel there is never 'closure', only acceptance, you've helped us get there and for that I will be forever grateful.
Thank you so much. You've touched my heart.
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