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 are offered:

  • 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 this investigation.
  • 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
Phone:  705-329-7414


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