Nearly three years after the murder of Orangeville, Ont., nurse Sonia Varaschin, police are hoping a new $50,000 reward being offered by the province could lead to a break in the case and a possible arrest.
Varaschin was first reported missing in late August of 2010. Her body was found Sept. 5 in a wooded area not far from her home, about 80 kilometres northwest of Toronto.
A white cross still marks the spot where Varaschin's remains were found next to an unpaved road in Caledon, Ont.
Wayne Archer lives nearby and said he didn't hear from police about the 42-year-old woman's death until last year.
"They came along here and they got DNA from all of us — all the males," said Archer.
In total, police have taken hundreds of voluntary DNA samples from men since Varaschin was killed.
Yet police appear no closer to making an arrest in the case despite an imprint of the alleged killer's boot, and forensic evidence collected at Varaschin's townhouse as well as in her white Toyota Corolla — abandoned near the town hall.
OPP Det. Insp. Tracy Dobbin has worked on the homicide investigation from the beginning and has recently taken over as case manager.
Dobbin wouldn't comment on the DNA samples already collected but said "once we work through that information and analyze that information, it certainly gets us closer.
"The province of Ontario is offering a $50,000 reward for information in relation to this investigation," said Dobbin, optimistic about the active investigation that's being handled by a sizeable team.
A few months after Varaschin died, police met with criminal profilers in a bid to exchange theories about the person responsible for the killing.
The profilers believed the suspect was familiar with the Orangeville and Caledon areas and may have missed work or other appointments as a result of what happened. It was also suggested that the suspect may have left the area to avoid being caught.