September 8th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Ontario nurse slain; cops hunt killer

Police are searching for who killed nurse Sonia Varaschin.

A pediatric nurse from Ontario has been murdered and police are asking the public Wednesday for their help finding her killer. 

Sonia Varaschin was reported missing August 30 when the 42-year-old didn't show up for her morning hospital shift, said Constable Jonathan Beckett.  That same morning, someone called police about a white Toyota Corolla parked on their street in the city of Orangeville, less than a mile from Varaschin's townhouse.  

Investigators noticed blood on the outside of the car, ran its tag and determined it was the nurse's car, Beckett said. Police then went to her townhouse, where they found a "significant" amount of blood inside the home and in its doorway. For more than a week, her family told local reporters that they were hoping she would be found alive, but police prepared them for the worst, Beckett said. 

On Sunday, a dog walker discovered Varaschin's remains in a rural area northwest of Toronto. Investigators are looking for a beige, blood-soaked fitted sheet and comforter that they suspect were taken from Varaschin's residence, according to CNN affiliate CTV. 

Beckett said it's likely Varaschin knew her killer or killers, but it is possible she did not. He declined to answer any further questions about the condition of the house or the car. 

"A forensic identity team has conducted a detailed analysis of the car and Sonia's residence, and where the remains were found," said Beckett. 

A Facebook page has been created to help find Varaschin's killer. 

"Orangeville is a small place - only 30,000 people - so this has shaken many here," said Beckett. 

Police are urging anyone who may have seen Varaschin to immediately contact the dedicated tip line at 519-941-2522, ext. 2211. Tips can also be called in to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or emailed to police from the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch website for unsolved cases at

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  1. Sandi

    Jesus you are complete idiot! You've never been to Toronto so how can you say it's like Detroit..MORON...Toronto is nothing like Detroit!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ms Kemi (Crime Victim Advocate)

    The hell with the SICKOS and MORONS on this thread. I built that Find Sonia's Killer page and did not even know her! When will some of you up there stop making FUN of the dead? Thanks to Ashley Fantz of CNN for posting this story. Killer may be right there in the US by now. Who knows.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. K

    She was so beautiful. Sick tragedy. My prayers will go out to her family.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lynn

    God Bless the family & friends of this poor woman. hopefully they will find this sicko or sickos soon!!!!!!!!! i'm sure it's not the first time, especially, how brutal this crime is!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. terri edwards

    I think that alot of the comments on 2nites page was so rediculously retarded, and there should be capital punishment. But hey, its CANADA Not U.S.A. What they should do is cut off the hand of Sonia`s killer, and let the rest fall upon the wig wearin judges up there. O.K?

    September 9, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kristi MN

    My thoughts and prayers go to the family of this woman and to those affected by this senseless act of violence.
    And, Michael Moore is an idiot.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. CanuckChick

    I live in Toronto (about 30 minutes away from Orangeville). Crime is an everyday occurrence in this big city. Sucks but true.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Colin

    Detroit is crawling with blacks and other disgusting minorities. Toronto is predominantly white and, as a result, has much less crime. It's ridiculous to compare these two cities.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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