Realtor Murdered By Phony House Shoppers Who Fled; Who Killed Lindsay Buziak & Why?
In 2008, realtor Lindsay Buziak showed a home to an unknown pair of clients and was inexplicably stabbed to death. The search for answers continues.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — In January 2008, 24-year-old real estate agent Lindsay Buziak reportedly received an phone call from a potential client that seemed intriguing, but not entirely unsuspicious.
According to Jason Zaillo, Lindsay’s boyfriend, the caller said she and her husband were in a hurry to buy a home in the $1 million price range. Lindsay reportedly described the woman as speaking with an indeterminate accent that sounded “a bit Spanish, but not really.”
Since Lindsay was on her non-work phone, she reportedly asked the caller how she got the number, and the woman claimed a previous client had given it to her. When Lindsay tried to check, the other client was reportedly out of town.
Despite the questions raised, Zaillo said, he told Lindsay to show the woman a house and, for safety, he’d sit outside while she did it. Records indicate that Lindsay made an appointment to meet with the possible buyers at 5:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 2, 2008.
That afternoon, Lindsay reportedly ate lunch with Zaillo before they left in separate vehicles for the property in Saanich, an upscale suburb of Victoria. Zaillo said he stopped to pick up a friend and texted to let Lindsay know he’d be a little late. Time-stamped video later proved to cops that he did just that.
At 5:30 P.M., according to two witnesses, Lindsay met with a male and female at 1702 De Sousa Place. The man was described as six feet tall with dark hair, and the woman was said to be blonde, wearing a patterned dress, and between 35 and 45 years old. The three of them reportedly shook hands and entered the property together.
Zaillo said he and the friend pulled up at 5:40, whereupon he saw a man and a woman exit the house. Upon noticing him, Zaillo stated, the couple quickly turned and went back inside. After waiting about 20 minutes, Zaillo said he texted Lindsay and she didn’t respond.
Zaillo then tried the front door, but it was locked, and he reported that he could see Lindsay’s shoes through the glass. Getting nervous, Zaillo called 911. In the meantime, his friend reportedly was able to get into the back of the house and let Zaillo in the front door, prompting him to end the phone call.
After running upstairs, Zaillo said he found Lindsay dead in a pool of blood on the floor of the master bedroom. He immediately called 911 back. Responders pronounced Lindsay Buziak dead on the scene.
Authorities say that Lindsay was stabbed more than 40 times and that she had no defensive wounds, which may indicate she was attacked by surprise from behind. In addition, Lindsay exhibited no signs of sexual assault and none of her personal belongings were taken, according to the cops.
Investigators said they found no fingerprints or usable DNA samples at the scene, leading to speculation that the killing was performed by an experienced professional who knew how to murder without leaving a trace behind.
Clues proved frustratingly hard to come by. The cellphone used to set up the appointment, police said, had been purchased and activated in Vancouver months earlier, using what is believed to be a fake name and a non-related business address.
The apparent cold-blooded skill displayed by the killer led police to wonder if it might have been drug related.
Two months before the murder, investigators said, Lindsay reached out to a friend of an ex while traveling through Calgary. On January 22, that friend was arrested as a trafficker in the largest drug bust in the history of Alberta. Detectives looked into the possibility that a drug cartel might have believed Lindsay was an informant and ordered her to be executed. Reportedly, that theory led nowhere.
Over the next nine years, investigators repeatedly got stalled in their pursuit of justice.
Jeff Buziak, Lindsay’s father, put up a $500,000 reward and created a website to help find the culprit or culprits, LindsayBuziakMurder.com.
On August 6, 2017, an unknown user posted a message to that site that began, “I killed Lindsey [sic] and stupid cops will never prove it.” In addition to misspelling Lindsay’s name, the ensuing diatribe contains other errors and ends with the declaration, “Cut the phoney [sic] investigation. It’s done. Go home losers. Forget about her. The street always rules. B--ches die every day.”
Authorities reportedly did not find the post to be credible, and the investigation continues.
Saanich Police Sergeant Julie Fast says that Lindsay’s murder is not a “cold case” and the investigation remains open and active, adding, “We remain fully committed to solving this murder, but need the public’s help. Someone knows what happened to Lindsay but has not come forward with their information yet. We ask that now is the time to do so.”
Anyone who has information is urged to call Saanich Police at (250) 475-4321 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.
See more about the Lindsay Buziak case on the premiere of the new series Still A Mystery on Monday, May 27 at 5/4c on Investigation Discovery!