The disappearance of an Ontario woman was ruled a homicide yesterday after an autopsy confirmed remains found in a wooded area were those of Sonia Varaschin.

The 42-year-old Orangeville woman’s blood-stained car was found in an alley Aug. 30.

Varaschin was reported missing the same day by her family when she didn’t show up for work.

Police also found blood inside and outside her home, and had asked the public to be on the lookout for blood-stained bedding.

Someone walking their dog discovered the remains Sunday morning in Caledon, about 12 kilometres from Orangeville, and contacted Ontario Provincial Police.

Investigators have said the culprit likely left Varaschin’s home covered in a significant amount of blood.

“Police investigators believe the person or persons responsible for Sonia’s murder used her vehicle to move her body from her residence to the wooded area,” police said in a release yesterday.

“(Police) believe that someone in the community holds the key to solving this homicide.”

Police are urging anyone who might have seen her white Toyota Corolla late Aug. 29 or early Aug. 30 to contact investigators.

Police have no suspects, but have said whoever might be behind her disappearance is someone she knew.

A news conference is to be held today to provide updates in the case.

Days of ground, air and trail searches of the Orangeville area — which is predominantly rural — had failed to find traces of Varaschin.

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