What should have been a routine day at work ended in the brutal murder of Lindsay Buziak on February 2, 2008. A case with few leads and even less evidence, over 10 years later it is yet to be solved.
Lindsay was an ambitious 24-year-old from Calgary, Canada, who worked as a junior estate agent for RE/MAX Camosun in Victoria. In late January of 2008, Lindsay received a call from a woman to her personal cell, saying that she and her husband were urgently looking to buy. The woman had an unusual foreign accent which Lindsay struggled to place, though she thought perhaps the woman was Mexican or Spanish. She asked her how she had got her personal details, and the woman claimed they had been passed on to her by a previous client. When Lindsay called the previous client to confirm, however, they were out of the area and she couldn't get through.
Lindsay felt unnerved by the mysterious call, so much so that she ran it by her father as well as her live-in boyfriend Jason Zaillo, who she had been dating for around a year. Jason was also an estate agent, and part of a prominent Victoria family who own the RE/MAX Camosun company. When Lindsay mentioned the client's budget of around C$1million, Jason encouraged her to take the viewing, and offered to be at the property in case anything happened. A couple of days later, Lindsay found the perfect property: 1702 De Sousa Place, located in the affluent suburb of Saanich, Victoria. She called the client to arrange a viewing, and scheduled it for 5:30 pm on February 2.
On the day of the viewing Lindsay and Jason met up, enjoying a late lunch at a popular downtown eatery. They paid the bill at 4:24 and left the restaurant in separate cars. Lindsay went home to get changed before the viewing, while Jason went to a nearby auto shop, arriving there just 5 minutes later. He had arranged to meet a colleague there and they left together about an hour after he arrived. At 5:38 Jason texted Lindsay to let her know he was a couple of minutes away from the property. It would be one of the last texts he ever sent to his girlfriend, but Lindsay never got to open the message. Police believe she was murdered within the next 3 minutes.
Jason and his colleague pulled up at 1702 De Sousa Place at 5:45. The front door was open and a couple stood outside, though they soon turned around and entered the house, closing the door behind them. Jason and his colleague sat in the car, parked with its back to the house, for around another 10 minutes before Jason sent Lindsay a message asking her if she was ok. When he received no response, Jason and his colleague went up to the front door which by this time had been firmly locked shut. Through the mottled glass on the property's front door, he could see his girlfriend's shoes placed neatly at the entrance. When there was still no answer, Jason called 911 and the pair headed to the back of the house, where the colleague scaled the fence and went through the open patio doors. He let Jason in the front door and the men began frantically searching the house. In the upstairs bedroom they found Lindsay lying in a pool of blood. She had been stabbed more than 40 times in the head and chest. There were no defensive wounds on her body, suggesting that she had been attacked from behind. The colleague made another call to 911 who, already en-route, arrived on the scene in minutes. Jason and his colleague were immediately taken into custody, but were shortly released when surveillance footage from the auto shop provided them with an alibi.
When police traced the phone used to make the appointment with Lindsay, they found that it had been bought in late 2007 from a Vancouver convenience store. The phone had been taken via ferry to the island the day prior to the murder. It was registered at a business address in the city, under the fake name Paulo Rodriguez. At least half a dozen calls were made to Lindsay from Vancouver, and after her murder it was never used again. The crime scene itself provided no leads, with no DNA, fingerprints or any other physical evidence. The only clue came from several eyewitnesses, who reported seeing a well-dressed couple walking into the cul-de-sac at the scheduled time of the viewing. The couple, described as a tall, dark haired man and a blonde woman, were then seen greeting Lindsay before entering the house. As they were seen approaching on foot, police suspected that once the couple saw Jason and his colleague arrive, they fled through the back of the property via the open patio doors. Three boards had been removed in the fence, allowing them to flee to a getaway vehicle parked somewhere nearby.
Whoever was behind Lindsay's death had gone to great lengths to plan the murder and to cover their tracks. Police began to suspect that this was a targeted hit, executed by a professional killer. But who would want Lindsay dead? An extensive look into her background showed absolutely no evidence of criminal activity or indeed any involvement at all with the law. Lindsay did have tenuous links to a known Victoria drug dealer, and some believe these links may be at the heart of this brutal crime. Six weeks prior to her murder, Lindsay had made a trip home to Calgary where she reached out to an old acquaintance - once via phone and once via Facebook. The acquaintance was related to a man named Erickson Delelcazar, who just one month later was arrested and charged in one of the biggest drugs busts the province had ever seen. In total police seized over 80 kilos of cocaine (with a street value of around $8 million) and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Delelcazar was denied bail the day before Lindsay's murder; the very same day the burner phone travelled to Victoria.
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