Voluntary DNA Sampling to Commence
ORANGEVILLE, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ -The Orangeville Police Service and
the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to actively investigate
the murder of 42-year Sonia VARASCHIN under the direction of Detective
Inspector Andy Karski of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.
During the course of the investigation DNA was recovered. Police are
confidant that by obtaining voluntary DNA samples they will be able to
identify the person responsible for the murder of Sonia Varaschin and
bring at least some degree of closure to her family.
"By providing a DNA sample you will assist in our efforts to catch the
person responsible for the senseless and brutal slaying of this
innocent woman and bring them to justice", said Detective Inspector
Andy Karski of the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch. "It is
completely confidential and by agreeing to provide this voluntary
sample you will be doing a great service to your community and public
safety", Karski added.
Investigators will be contacting a select group of males who were 18
years of age and older at the time of the offence and asking for a
voluntary sample of their DNA in the form of a buccal (cheek) swab.
This canvass is expected to continue for several weeks.
With respect to the collection of the DNA samples the following details
There is no obligation to provide a DNA sample. Participation is
totally voluntary, safe, and completely confidential.
The DNA samples will only be used to compare to DNA recovered during
Individuals providing a DNA sample are asked to sign a consent form and
can contact legal counsel for advice prior to signing.
Trained officers will be requesting a buccal sample. A sterile swab is
used to collect a buccal sample from the inside of the mouth.
The sample and all associated documentation are destroyed once deemed
not to be a match to this investigation. Providers of samples receive
written confirmation that this has occurred.
Investigators are also asking anyone to please contact the Orangeville
Police Service Tip Line at (519) 941-2522, or Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-8477 should they know of anyone who begins to exhibit a
change in behaviour, who may be acting strangely or may have abruptly
moved as a result of the notification of this DNA canvas.
Provincial Constable Peter Leon will make himself available to the media
on Wednesday May 25, 2011 between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00PM at
the Orangeville Police Service Headquarters located at 390 C Line,
Orangeville, Ontario to speak to this phase of the ongoing
investigation and to demonstrate the DNA collection process.
In order to carry out this important phase of the investigation, police
are requesting the cooperation of the media to respect the privacy and
confidentiality of persons providing DNA samples.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Provincial Constable Peter Leon
Central Region OPP - Media Relations Officer