Lindsay Elizabeth Buziak was a Canadian real estate agent who was killed on a property viewing in Saanich, a suburb of Victoria, British Columbia, on February 2, 2008. The individualities of the purported customers to whom she was showing the property – and who are the main suspects in her killing – stay unknown. As of 2020, her killing remains unsolved.
In 2008, 24-year-old Lindsay was an enterprising Victoria estate agent who had made a good start to her career and was characterized by her family, friends, and colleagues as being famous and caring. Her boyfriend, Jason Zailo, is part of a well-known and prosperous family that owns a successful real estate business.
In late January 2008, Lindsay Buziak received a call from a woman who said Lindsay that she and her spouse were looking urgently for a house to buy, with a budget of $1 million. According to Lindsay, the caller had a foreign accent that she could not place, sounding “a bit Spanish but not really.” Lindsay thought that the caller could have been faking an accent to hide her identity. Unnerved by the nature of the call, Lindsay inquired the caller how she had got her cell phone number, as she was a relatively junior worker. The caller told that a previous customer of Lindsay’s had passed it on to her.
Lindsay Was Sent By Boyfriend
Lindsay told her boyfriend, Jason Zailo, and her dad, Jeff Buziak, about the call and conveyed her suspicions. Jason motivated Lindsay to take on the customer because of the big commission she would get from the sale, and to reassure her, Jason offered to be outside the estate in his car in case anything went wrong. Lindsay discovered an adequate property and made an appointment with the customer to view it at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2008.
On Saturday, February 2, 2008, Lindsay and Jason ate a late lunch at a restaurant, paying the bill at 4:24 p.m. They left individually in their vehicles. It is thought that Lindsay went home to change clothing before the viewing. Jason traveled to an auto shop to pick up a colleague. Jason was running late, and CCTV at the auto shop indicated he and his colleague leaving at 5:30 p.m. Jason and Lindsay had exchanged various text messages and Lindsay was familiar that Jason would be late.
The street on which the house is located, De Sousa Place, is a little cul-de-sac containing four houses. Despite the customer notifying Lindsay that she would come alone, a couple turned up for the viewing. At 5:30 p.m., two observers saw a 6-foot-tall Caucasian man with dark hair and a blonde-haired woman aged between 35 and 45 wearing a distinctively patterned dress walking up the cul-de-sac. The observers then saw Lindsay shake hands with the couple, and from the body language of their greeting, it seemed that she had never met them before. The three of them then entered the home.
Jason and his colleague reached the cul-de-sac at about 5:40 p.m. As they were driving up to the estate, he saw a man and a woman coming out of the front door; upon glimpsing him, they instantly turned around and went back inside the home. Jason parked outside the estate for about 10 minutes. He then decided to drive back out to Torquay Drive and park there, as he did not like to be “a nosey, interfering boyfriend”. After pausing another 10 minutes parked on Torquay Drive, Jason texted Lindsay to inquire if she was OK. Lindsay never opened this message.
After twenty minutes had passed since Jason had reached and noticed the couple go back into the home, Jason went to the front door and discovered it locked when he attempted to open it. Through the mottled glass on the front door, he saw Lindsay’s shoes in the opening half, but there was no indication of activity and no one replied to his repeated knocks at the door. At this point, he called 911. While Jason was on the line with the operator, his colleague discovered a gap in the boundary in the back garden, entered the garden, and saw that the back patio door was wide open. He called out to Jason, who said the operator that they were going into the home. Jason then hung up. Jason’s colleague came through the central level of the house to unlock the front door to let Jason in. Jason instantly ran upstairs and discovered Lindsay lying in a pool of blood in the master bedroom. Jason called 911 a second time and the emergency services reached soon after.
Lindsay was declared dead when the paramedics reached. She had been stabbed numerous times. There were no defensive wounds, implying that she had possibly been initially stabbed from behind and had no idea of what was about to happen. None of Lindsay’s possessions had been stolen and she had not been sexually attacked.
Jason and his colleague were taken into supervision but were released without charge after their version of circumstances was substantiated and the timestamped supervision footage from the auto shop verified that they could not have committed the killing. According to the Saanich Police Department, Jason has been interviewed numerous times over the years and has always cooperated with the police. He has also passed a polygraph test. Nonetheless, he has always declined to give a DNA sample.
Due to the complete absence of DNA, fingerprints, or any other bodily evidence at the spectacle, it is thought that the killing was a well-organized skilled hit carried out by people who had been murdered before. The police are satisfied that the murderers were leaving through the front door when Jason drove up to the estate and that they then disappeared through the back door, leaving the back patio door open and passing through the boundary and back to a vehicle, which was probably parked somewhere on or near Torquay Drive. This is compatible with the observer statements of the unidentified couple walking (rather than driving) up the cul-de-sac, and the fact that all the vehicles on the cul-de-sac, once the police reached, were accounted for.
The cell phone utilized by the anonymous woman to call Lindsay was bought in Vancouver various months before the killing and had never been used until that call was made. It was activated under the name of Paulo Rodriguez, which authorities think is a fake name. It was registered to a valid address in Vancouver, which is a business address, but it is thought that the business has no connection with the case and that its address was chosen at random. The phone was deactivated shortly after the killing and has not been used since. Cell phone tower “pings” show that the phone traveled on the ferry from Vancouver the day before the killing. Authorities think the phone was used for the only purpose of the killing and was discarded afterward. This supports their assumption that the killing was planned.
In September of 2010, NBC aired a Dateline episode, “Dream House Murder.” The Saanich Police Detectives, Horsley, and McColl disclosed that in December 2007, about 8 weeks before her killing, Lindsay attempted to contact the friend of her ex-boyfriend while on a visit to Calgary. On January 22, 2008, the biggest drug bust in Alberta’s history took place and the friend was charged as being a main participant in the criminal drug trafficking operation. It was theorized that Lindsay’s killing may have been decreed by a drug cartel because she was thought to be a police informant. The investigators analyzed the likelihood but shortly ruled it out as a motive because she was not an informant and the personal nature of her killing did not fit a hired murderer’s technique of operation. Crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and veteran Homicide Detective Dwayne Stanton both agree that Lindsay’s killing was not a contracted killing related to a drug cartel; it was violent but too amateurish. Both seasoned investigators asserted that they do think that Lindsay’s killing was very personal and schemed by someone very near to her; someone who had access to inside data from the Re/Max office where she worked.