Real es­tate agent stabbed, po­lice say

Sec­ond 911 call was made by per­son who found body An­other young agent re­ceived odd call a day af­ter killing

Times Colonist - - Front Page - LOUISE DICK­SON ROB SHAW

Saanich po­lice sources con­firmed yes­ter­day that 24-yearold real es­tate agent Lind­say Buziak was stabbed, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors will likely say to­day whether that was the cause of death.

A Saanich de­tec­tive and a foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of­fi­cer were present at a foren­sic au­topsy per­formed yes­ter­day in Van­cou­ver as of­fi­cers try to de­ter­mine how and why Buziak was killed Satur­day in a va­cant home listed for sale on De Sousa Place in Gor­don Head.

At a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Const. Brad Bra­j­cich re­leased more in­for­ma­tion on a 911 call that sent emer­gency ve­hi­cles scream­ing to the $964,900 house. Ac­cord­ing to Bra­j­cich, the Saanich com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­tre re­ceived a 911 call at 6:15 p.m. from some­one who said they were wor­ried about a per­son inside the house. A few min­utes later, po­lice re­ceived a sec­ond 911 call from inside the house by the per­son who found Buziak’s body.

Those calls are still a ma­jor part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Bra­j­cich said, al­though he wouldn't say if the same per­son made both calls. He also wouldn’t say how the per­son who found Buziak’s body got into the house or if there were any signs of forced en­try. He didn’t say what time Buziak ar­rived at the house.

Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­riv­ing at the scene were met by two wit­nesses. Bra­j­cich would not say who the wit­nesses were, but said they were co-op­er­at­ing with po­lice.

Asked if po­lice had any sus­pects or if they had de­tained any­one, Bra­j­cich said po­lice are in­ter­view­ing “so many peo­ple.”

He said po­lice are ask­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple who have called in in­for­ma­tion about the case to be pa­tient while of­fi­cers sort through the tips.

“We will get back to you,” said Bra­j­cich. “We will be pur­su­ing all an­gles re­gard­ing in­for­ma­tion we re­ceive.”

Ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing in the real es­tate in­dus­try say Buziak was lured to the house through a phone call on Satur­day from a wo­man with a strong Span­ish ac­cent who asked to see prop­er­ties in the $1-mil­lion price range. She al­legedly told Buziak she in­tended to buy that day. Later, Buziak re­port­edly re­ceived a phone call from a man who said he alone would meet with her.

Buziak told friends in her Re/Max Camo­sun of­fice that she was un­com­fort­able about the ap­point­ment.

She re­port­edly asked her live-in boyfriend, fel­low real es­tate agent Ja­son Zailo, to meet her later at the house.

Po­lice are try­ing to iden­tify who made the sus­pi­cious calls.

Bra­j­cich stressed there’s no ev­i­dence link­ing the crime to Buziak’s job as a real es­tate agent. In­ves­ti­ga­tors will be look­ing at Buziak’s back­ground, who she hung out with and her work col­leagues, he said.

Both Zailo and Buziak’s for­mer boyfriend, Matt Mac­Duff, have spo­ken with po­lice.

“They wanted to know any­thing I could give them,” Mac­Duff, who dated Buziak for five years, said yes­ter­day. “They wanted to know ru­mours about her or if I could ex­plain her char­ac­ter.

“Whoever did this has to be caught,” added Mac­Duff, who had din­ner with Buziak’s fa­ther, Jeff, on Mon­day night. “And ev­ery­one who knows any­thing about her, down to the small­est de­tail, should be go­ing to Saanich po­lice with the small­est de­tail.”

Buziak and Mac­Duff broke up more than a year ago. The two had lived to­gether — she moved back to Vic­to­ria from Van­cou­ver to move in with him — but it didn’t work out. Mac­Duff has had a new girl­friend for about a year. Buziak had been with Zailo a lit­tle bit longer.

“We’re all pretty up­set,” Mac­Duff’s mother, Mar­jory, said yes­ter­day. “Matt’s do­ing ter­ri­ble. We all are. She was part of our fam­ily. We loved her. She’ll be so missed. It’s a ter­ri­ble tragedy.”

“He’s re­ally up­set about it. They had that con­nec­tion,” added Mac­Duff’s twin brother Mal­colm. “It’s pretty tragic. It’s al­most un­real.” An­other young fe­male real es­tate agent in Vic­to­ria has told po­lice she was called by a sus­pi­cious wo­man with a heavy ac­cent the day af­ter Lind­say Buziak was killed.

“She just said, ‘Can you come over, I want to list my house,’” said Jas­mine Par­sons, 22, who works for One Per­cent Re­alty in Vic­to­ria.

“I’m like, ‘OK, what’s your ad­dress?’ She’s like, ‘Oh, you know what, I’m not sure. Can I call you back?’ And she didn’t call back.”

Buziak, a 24-year-old real es­tate agent with Re/Max Camo­sun, was found dead Satur­day af­ter re­port­edly be­ing lured to an empty house in Gor­don Head by a phone call from a wo­man with a strong ac­cent.

Par­sons said she knew Buziak, but they weren’t close friends. She said she also knows Ja­son Zailo, Buziak’s boyfriend.

The call to Par­sons came from a private num­ber on Sun­day. At the time, she said she knew Buziak had been killed, but did not know about re­ports of a call from a wo­man with an ac­cent. Af­ter she was told, she said she re­ported the phone call to po­lice.

“The more I think, the scarier it is,” Par­sons said about the mys­te­ri­ous call.

Par­sons, whose smil­ing pic­ture is dis­played promi­nently on her web­site, said she now makes sure she’s not alone at show­ings.

“I get creepy phone calls all the time. Now I’m just a lit­tle more aware,” she said.

Saanich po­lice Sgt. John Price said in­ves­ti­ga­tors will try to de­ter­mine if other real es­tate agents were called by whomever called Buziak. But he said he was not specif­i­cally aware of Par­sons’s case.

“If she phoned us and pro­vided that in­for­ma­tion, you can bet that will be part of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Price.

A foren­sic au­topsy was per­formed yes­ter­day on the body of 24-year-old real es­tate agent Lind­say Buziak, who was found dead Satur­day in a va­cant house in Gor­don Head.

Real es­tate agent Jas­mine Par­sons says a wo­man with a strong ac­cent called want­ing to list a house but said she would call back with the ad­dress.

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