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.
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.