Police believe Sonia Varaschin might have met her killer on the dating website PlentyOfFish.com and are hoping a DNA sample will lead them to him.
According to a report in the Toronto Star, detectives are using computer files seized from the Orangeville nurse’s home last fall to track down the men she talked to online.
They also recently determined DNA evidence recovered at the crime scene likely came from her murderer and are now working to match the sample with the suspect through a voluntary canvas.
“We have your DNA,” OPP Const. Peter Leon said Wednesday, directing his message to the killer. “It’s only a matter of time until we find out who you are. We will leave no stone unturned. We will find you and bring you before a court of justice.”
Varaschin, 42, had an occasional relationship with a boyfriend – since cleared as a suspect – but visited a number of dating sites, using PlentyOfFish.com to post photos and send messages to other men.
Police said they plan to ask for cheek swabs from personal and work associates as well. Varaschin was working at a Mississauga pharmaceutical company when she was killed, but had quit a job at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket a month earlier amid disputes.
Varaschin was reported missing last Aug. 30 and her body was found in a wooded area in Caledon six days later.
Her death was ruled a homicide, but the cause of death hasn’t been released and no arrests have been made.