By Jean Sorensen
The Greater Victoria Real Estate Board and CREA have joined with the Buziak family to post a $100,000 reward for information that would solve the brutal murder of 24-year-old Lindsay Buziak, a Re/Max Camosun sales rep.
The reward, open for six months, is keeping public focus on the two-year-old murder. Saanich police held a news conference on the 2010 anniversary to release new details in the investigation. Police are looking for information relating to a middle-aged couple seen at the home as well as information on the name Paulo Rodriguez, the user name of the cell phone that called Buziak to her death. “Lindsay was intentionally targeted, she was intentionally lured to the home and she was intentionally killed,” say police in a news release.
The Buziak murder may be featured in the U.S. – as a producer from NBC’s Dateline attended the news conference and has been in a dialogue with the Vancouver Island police department. Police say they have been following leads in Vancouver, Calgary and Washington State.
Saanich Police say that Buziak was lured to a high-end property in the 1700 block of De Sousa Place in Saanich on Feb. 2, 2008 by a woman with a foreign accent who wanted to view the home at 5:30 p.m. She said she planned to make a home purchase that day. Buziak was not the listing agent for the house but agreed to a showing. Shortly after, a man called to say he would meet Buziak alone.
Buziak was nervous about the viewing and asked boyfriend Jason Zailo to check on her later. Zailo called Buziak before arriving at the home at 6:15 pm but she didn’t answer and he called police. At the home, he found the door locked but saw Buziak’s shoes inside. Zailo and a friend were able to enter via a back door and Zailo found Buziak’s bloodied body in the upstairs bedroom. She had died of multiple stab wounds.
Sgt. Julie Fast, public relations officer for the Saanich Police, says Buziak’s homicide is not being looked at as a random targeting of a real estate agent. (In the past, there have been opportunity crimes that impacted on agents, such as robbery and assault). “We are looking for information, things that might have happened before and after,” she says, adding police believe there are individuals who have intimate knowledge of this murder. The information may also relate to Buziak’s personal, social or professional life. Buziak did not have a high-risk lifestyle, however, police say.
“We don’t know why she was murdered,” Fast says, adding that whoever plotted the murder used the fact she was an agent to lure her to the house. “That’s how it was set up.”
Investigators now know that the cell phone used to call Buziak was purchased in Vancouver in late November 2007. The phone was activated late January 2008 in Vancouver under a user name of Paulo Rodriguez with a Vancouver address. Police have since determined that while the address exists, it is not connected with the crime. Police also believe the Paulo Rodriguez name is an alias. Fast says police are interested in hearing from anyone who may also have encountered that name. The phone was deactivated after the murder.
Police continue to seek information on the couple. The woman is described as blonde, Caucasian, 35-40 years of age, and wearing a white, black and red/pink dress in large stripes or colour-block pattern. The man is described as Caucasian, approximately six feet in height, medium build, dark (possibly brown) hair, wearing a light to medium brown jacket and well dressed. A video of the press conference is available at the Saanich police department’s website.
A spokesperson for the Greater Victoria Real Estate Board said a decision was made to match the $25,000 put up by the CREA. “She was a member of our board and we are distressed about what happened. This is our contribution to help in that regard,” he says.
Anyone with information should contact the Saanich Police at (250) 475-4356 or Greater Victoria Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.