Police investigators are holding out hope that a 42-year-old Orangeville woman is still alive, even though blood has been found splattered in her car and home.
“Hopefully we will find her safe and sound,” OPP Const. Jonathan Beckett said yesterday.
Sonia Varaschin, 42, a former nurse at the hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, was last seen on Sunday evening. Her family members reported her missing to local police.
Police tracking dogs are taking part in a grid search that includes a rough swampy area outside town and an OPP helicopter is hovering over the quiet downtown parkette where police found Varaschin’s white four-door Toyota Corolla around 10 a.m., parked in an alley near Broadway, with its trunk and front doors wide open.
Officials later announced a second crime scene.
Investigators are questioning neighbours and combing Varaschin’s Spring Street apartment, where more blood was discovered, says Orangeville police Chief Joseph Tomei.
The apartment complex is about a five-minute walk from Alexandra Park, where Varaschin’s Toyota was found.
“We’re hopeful the search comes to a good fruition for us, but it is suspicious,” Tomei told the Orangeville Banner, adding that the incident appears random, but it’s “too early” to say with certainty.