Note: Ms. Varaschin "was employed at the Southlake Regional Health Centre" .... She quit a month ago? Ummm...LE should find out more and why....http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/08/31/concern-mounts-for-missing-woman/
A missing woman, a bloodied car and an empty home have residents of Orangeville fearing the worst as police continue to comb the small community for clues.
Sonia Varaschin, 42, was last heard from on Sunday. The next day, police found her bloodied white Toyota Corolla parked in an alley near Broadway street, just minutes from her Spring Street townhouse, where investigators also found traces of blood.
One resident told local media of a “gruesome” scene, with blood smeared across the rear of the vehicle. As of late yesterday, however, there were still no signs of Ms. Varaschin.
“We’re very concerned for her safety and we’re doing everything we can to try to find her,” OPP Constable Jonathan Beckett said.
Authorities had sectioned off Alexandra Park, in the area of downtown Orangeville where Ms. Varaschin’s car was found, and were reportedly searching nearby garbage cans as a helicopter circled overhead.
Neighbour Steffen Lundy, a resident of the quiet, dead-end Spring Street, heard a ruckus late Sunday night in the vicinity of Ms. Varaschin’s home.
“I was sleeping and pretty much woke up to car tires squealing … and yelling,” Mr. Lundy recalled.
Joe Luz, who also lives on the street, said he only knew Ms. Varaschin well enough to exchange greetings with her, but was shaken by the news.
“This lady never made problems here. She was a nice lady,” Mr. Luz recalled. “I’m scared, because here, there’s normally no problems here.”
Ms. Varaschin, who lived alone, had failed to show up for work on the day a “suspicious vehicle” was reported in the alley near Broadway, investigators said.
Family members reached in Albion, just outside Bolton, declined to comment on the 42-year-old’s disappearance.
Police were appealing to the public for any information that could assist in locating Ms. Varaschin, described as 5’1” and 125 pounds, with brown hair with light-coloured streaks.
Both OPP officers and Orangeville police were investigating yesterday, but would not comment on potential suspects. “We’re still looking for her,” Const. Beckett said. “We don’t want to speculate about what has happened to Sonia. We’re keeping our minds open to all the possibilities but our primary focus right now is to find her.”Until about a month ago, Ms. Varaschin was employed at the Southlake Regional Health Centre
Southlake spokeswoman Andrea Griepsma said Ms. Varaschin left of her own volition “to pursue another job.” The recent news has been highly unsettling for staff, she added.
“Our colleagues and everyone here is greatly concerned for her and hoping for the best,” Ms. Griepsma said. “[Her colleagues] are just all pretty shaken up right now.”
Many of Ms. Varaschin’s neighbours described her as a pleasant woman who led a quiet lifestyle, and expressed shock at the developments. “It’s kind of freaky. I grew up in the city so stuff like this happens, but Orangeville, it’s a quiet, small town.… It’s a little disconcerting,” said Lisa, who did not want her last name used. She said Ms. Varaschin sometimes worked “odd shifts” in her job as a nurse at Southlake.
Another audibly distressed neighbour described Ms. Varaschin as “a sweetheart and a good friend.”
“We’re pretty upset in this area…. Sonia was a great person, and that’s all we’re going to say.”
Digging some info about her, here are a few Google hits:
Sonia Varaschin, Cardinal Leger High School, Brampton 1983-1986
She's a nurse, specializing in epilepsy: http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/459545
Sometimes, we'd have to beware how much information the Internet can filter. The Town of Orangeville displays her address on page 192: http://www.orangeville.ca/cms/documents/2876/October_19_Council_Pkg_Web_Part_1.pdf
Although, Canada 411 does same.