Lindsay Buziak Murder



Timeline of Lindsay’s murder as per Dateline, Inspector Rob McColl and Detective-Sgt. Chris Horsley.   The bulk of the clues came from Jason Zailo himself.

Jason and Lindsay went to Sauce for a late lunch. Lindsay and Jason paid the bill at Sauce at 4:24 pm. Their server knew Lindsay well.   Jason went directly to SHC arriving at 4:29 pm and Lindsay is believed to have gone home to change her clothes.  CO was standing outside by Jason’s vehicle when Jason left the SHC building.  They left SHC together in Jason’s vehicle at 5:30 pm.

Joe DeSousa left the site at approx. 4:30 pm. Other workers left the area at around 5:00 pm.   2 witnesses saw the suspect couple walk into the cul de sac at approximately 5:30 pm. The witnesses saw Lindsay greeting the couple by the back of her car in the driveway as shown on crimestoppers. There were papers on the trunk of Lindsay’s car. The real estate lockbox was accessed at 5:29 pm.   While driving Jason said to Lindsay“I’ll come meet you and I’ll be 10 – 15 minutes or so” and that’s when Lindsay said to Jason…. “okay I’ll see you in abit I gotta go the Mexicans are here”.  Apparently this was Lindsay’s short hand name for her clients. Jason was seen by video surveillance leaving SHC at 5:30.

 5:38 pm Jason sends Lindsay a text “just a couple of minutes away.” That text was never opened by Lindsay. According to Detective Sgt. Horsley: “the last text Jason said was I’m just a couple of minutes away”. That text was never opened by Lindsay.  Dateline said this was Jason’s final text. (how could this be Jason’s final text when Jason stated on Dateline that when he was parked on Torquay he sent Lindsay a text that said “are you okay” (prior to his 6:05 pm 911 call)……..Jason received no response.  So which text was the last one……..the one at 5:38 pm as per Det-Sgt. Horsley on Dateline OR the text Jason said he sent to Lindsay just prior to his call to 911 at 6:05 pm?  It sounds like Horsley and Dateline support the 5:38 pm text as being the final one.)

5:38 pm to 5:41 pm police believe this is when Lindsay was murdered.

 5:41 pm Lindsay’s blackberry made a phone call out and the SP believe that was the direct result of the attack. It was truly a pocket dial call as her BB was in her pocket.

As per Det-Sgt. Horsley, when Jason and CO drove into the cul de sac at approx. 5:45 pm Jason and CO saw the front door open and the male suspect outside, but only saw the back of him.  Jason parked his vehicle on the opposite side of the road of the house. The rear of the vehicle was facing Torquay and the murder house. They sat there for approx. 10 minutes. Jason then turned around in the cul de sac and goes right onto Torquay. They parked by the house for approx. another 10 minutesJason sent Lindsay a text message “are you okay” and it was not answered.  Both CO and Jason walked up to the front door and found it locked.  Jason called 911 (approx. 6:05 pm).  They both went around to the Torquay side of the house and CO gained entry via the already open patio doors by Jason boosting CO over the patio fence who then opened the front door allowing Jason entry.

When they found Lindsay’s body CO called 911 (6:11 pm) and while on the phone CO could hear sirens coming. The police were there within minutes because they were already enroute after Jason made the first 911 call(6:05 pm).   When police arrived Jason and CO were waving their arms in the upstairs bedroom window. The police went into the home up to the bedroom and immediately took both Jason and CO to the police station separately

The cell phone the couple used to contact Lindsay was purchased late November 2007 at a Vancouver convenience store. The phone was activated late January, 2008 in Vancouver. The phone traveled to the Island 24 hours prior to Lindsay’s murder.

Vancouver is from where the first calls to Lindsay were made, confirmed by hits on cell towers in the city. Police said at least half dozen calls were made to Lindsay and after her murder the cell phone was never used again. They believed the killer(s) knew how to carry out the murder and then cover their tracks.  The expert’s all agreed a significant degree of planning went into this murder. They explored the theory that professionals were hired with specific instructions to express the anger that someone else felt towards Lindsay.  The experts agreed the murder was personal and that somebody close to Lindsay planned it and hired the killer(s).   

Inspector McColl Feb 2, 2011:

“Having had this on our plate (at the time of the broadcast) for more than two years, we had plenty of time to develop theories, look at them closely and think outside of the box,” McColl said, noting that police AGREE with the Dateline investigators’ conclusion that Buziak was an innocent party, and her murder was a TARGETED hit arranged by someone CLOSE to her.  Saanich police have narrowed down the investigation to “three or four” working theories.  McColl stated on Dateline it’s possible one of the people who went into that house was also the MASTERMIND behind Lindsay’s murder.

“It’s not cool to tell on your friends, it’s not cool to rat people out … Many times in a homicide investigation you can get past that because it’s also not cool to kill people,” he said. “There should be some assurance to anyone that is considering speaking to the police, that we’re not really interested in the skeletons in your closet. We have the ability to put that aside and focus in on what we’re really interested in, and that is catching these killers.”

Det-Sgt. Horsley:

“There is nothing in her life — and we’ve conducted an extensive background [check] — that would indicate that she was involved in anything criminal, in anything of a domestic violence relationship, and that is the most perplexing thing.”

“It is also possible Buziak’s killers were under the mistaken impression she had revealed information she shouldn’t have, he said, or perhaps that she was somehow connected to a dangerous person without knowing it.”

“You can be a person who just works and minds their own business in Victoria, yet through a very brief network of friends, you could be absolutely connected to people that are involved in very bad things,” Horsley said.”

Sgt. Dean Jantzen:

“This (killing) was very organized,” said Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “There was a lot of planning and effort and forethought. These are the most complex crimes. And this is the most egregious crime and often they can become long-term and complicated. “There are people in the community who are withholding information. We know there is a bit of cone of silence around this.”




  1. Justice says:

    What about Jason’s mother? What was her alibi? Maybe she offered Lindsay up to get out of any drug deals she had with the Mexicans and planned the murder with Jason. Planning every detail from the text saying “I’m a minute or two away” letting the mom know the cops would be there soon….

  2. Jan says:

    I had a strange 6th sense when watching this story on youtube; jealousy is a powerful thing. Lindsey’s boyfriend is a good looking guy. His ex girlfriend may really be upset that lindsay was living her life. This sounds like a woman scorned scenario to me. A hired hit to get lindsey out of the picture, & the woman was there to make lindsey feel secure, plus she wanted to see her killed. So sad for lindsay’s family. God bless you. A beautiful, talented, wonderful young career woman whose life was taken way too soon.

  3. Doug Bradley says:

    Are there cell tower records still, to see if boyfriends phone pinged off of same towers?
    Why did he wait outside when he arrived and then call 911 before they found her body.
    I think her boy friend is responsible.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with Susan -contact the contact the U.S. show Cold Case —see if there is interest to review case — that team might be able to help -that and the DNA with Paul Holes -if there is any DNA from the scene Paul holes might be able to help.

  4. Susan says:

    I just watched the Dateline show. What a sad case! Has anyone thought of contacting Kelly Seigler (spelling?) who does the “Cold Justice” TV show? Her team seems to solve so many cold cases. I also have questions and would consider the boyfriend and his friend who just happened to know there would be an open back door over the fence…and the boyfriend’s mother. I really hope it’s NOT them, but it feels all wrong. I’m praying for this to be solved, for Lindsey’s father, her family and friends.

  5. Anne Kelly says:

    If I’m selling a million dollar house and someone is murdered in it, I’m facing a nightmare trying to sell it with huge overheads.

    Detectives say its crime of passion but a crime of passion can be imitated.

    Was this poor girl a pawn in a play to ruin the Vendor?

    • ferrari458 says:

      I have theorized the same thing and posted it for the last 2 years. It is the only angle that makes sense. If it were the ex or his mother, they would have been charged long ago.

      • Michael Schneider says:

        Not if they dont have enough evidence. You really think someone is going to do that for a house and have it all bloody? Cmon, think, for real, think hard. And why stab her that many times if only for a house. That man stab wounds was personal and was told to the killers to make it personal. I can say same thing, why hasnt builder been arrested?

    • Lillian says:

      No! The builder/contractor (Desousa) who invited Lindsay into the home to be murdered now owns/lives in the killing house. Probably because no one would buy it with that history attached… I know I sure wouldn’t.

    • dorna vavrina says:

      They would have been charged long ago!? Even in cases with tons of evidence pointing to a particular person, its hard to get charges against them. There is literally zero evidence that it was the mom and boyfriend, just speculation, and police only have one good chance to get someone convicted, they arent going to charge someone on speculation.

      • Wyatt says:

        Circumstantial. Not speculation. Plenty of evidence we are not aware of as the Stupid Police are corrupt and dirty and they need to cover their dirty butts with “evidence” we are not privy so I would suggest there’s PLENTY of evidence, just needs to be in the hands of CLEAN authorities.

      • Michael Schneider says:

        You dont know that, might need that one or two more pieces. It just makes more sense to me for her soon to be ex to kill her than for a house. The killers knew who to use for a reference, that by itself tells me it was an ‘inside the real estate office job’.

        • Dennis says:

          Kinda like cutting off your nose despite your face, don’t ya think? We are dealing with corrupt and dirty cops here, so I don’t understand what part of that we don’t get? One or two more pieces are simply the straw that will crack this corruption wide open. They have the Evidence, circumstantial or direct, it’s as obvious as the nose on one’s face. But when the police are corrupt and dirty than good luck cracking that case, they will be as secretive and coverup as deep as they can get. This case is a classic case of corruption and dirty cops. Doesn’t get any worse, except for the killing they are covering up.

          • Michael Schneider says:

            Cases dont get solved for years sometimes because lazy cops sit and wait for the last 1-2 pieces of evidence falls in their lap. I dont know if the cops are corrupt or not or even inept. Sometimes crimes go unsolved, these were professionals and thats why they were hired, and so far looks like they did fairly well. I think the ferry is where the cops need to look.

  6. Jody bonneteau says:

    If it was i that pulled up in the car and sow someone leaving the house my girlfriend was in Ali would’ve chased that person down or at least ran into the house to see if she was okay instead of waiting in 4he car for what 10 minutes times two messaging her asking if she’s okay. Something seems to be up with that

  7. Nicholas Pansini says:

    I have written to Jeff Buziak and seen all of John Lordan’s podcast suuounding this heiness slaughter and let’s call it what it is this was a vicious, vile execution of a beautiful woman who was only in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jeff if you sre reading this, Nicholas Pansini says KEEP FIGHTING man. Who else is going to fight for Lyndsey? I am disgusted at this killing by the nature of it is ruthless. I also believe Jason Zilo and his mother are involved in this slaying. I feel for Jeff with all my heart. You have a fiend for LIFE!

  8. Zarathustra owens says:

    after watching the episode of true crime daily i would like to propose a very different MOTIVE, not involving drugs, hit men or the boyfriend. i believe this investigation is looking in the wrong direction. what i believe is this: IT WAS A THRILL KILL…simply a couple who just wanted to kill someone. one reason i say this is because he was stabbed. a criminal profiler will tell you that this is a very PERSONAL form of murder. also, because there was a couple involved and both seemed to have stabbed her, so they were joined in this murder. thats a very personal thing also. the amount of planning would also seem to indicate this possibility. from what i heard, the burner phone was purchased BEFORE the drug deal, etc.
    i would also point out that there are OTHER cases of real estate agents being attacked this way. i saw one such episode somewhere. IF SO, then the thrill killers would likely know those episodes [or that episode]. also, even burner phones ping off of cell towers….THAT is traceable for location of a call.
    with this theory in mind i would suggest an INDEPENDENT “profiler” who can give a more detailed analysis of WHO the people were, based upon the events.
    i would also suggest a GOOD QUALITY private investigator to look into this in addition to the police. this PI should have a military or government background and a long history of CSI investigations. these [military, government and past PI work] give the investigator resources that the police do not have access to and rights that police do not have.
    a thrill killer would likely have a previous OTHER criminal record, of some type. a woman might be easier to locate than a man since there are fewer of them. the car would be another identifiable factor, though that was probably planned for in advance.
    this theory seems to be MORE possible than making connections with drug dealers and hit men, etc. [to me]. please feel free to contact me for any clarification on what ive said here. Good luck in finding the killers. they are out there.

    • Michael Schneider says:

      I just think too much happened around the real estate office and the bf was too involved at the time of the actual murder, i think he was there in case something went wrong, same with bringing his friend. and the interview with the bf and his mom was beyond awkward. i still think the bf and mom had lindsay killed because she was going to leave the bf and they felt they did a lot for her in the industry and she was going to take clients with her if she went other agency or if she stayed the bf would have to see her everyday and not being able to have her would make him very upset. for me, too many things point to the bf, his mom and the office. with your theory how would they know which clients to use as a reference – that tells me it was an inside job.

  9. Hoola Audit says:

    It was most likely the boyfriend. It’s almost always the person closest to the victim. No other cars seen except for his. He and his buddy called the cops themselves once the place was clean enough and basically gave a reason for why their car was there. That way when witnesses recalled seeing it, it wouldn’t seem like he and his buddy were there to commit the crime, only report it. They were also the only ones who claim to have seen a mysterious man… But only his back of course.

    And yeah he’s probably seen Dexter like everyone else… Mystery solved guys. Just because someone is capable of taking the time to plan before commiting a risky crime doesn’t mean there’s a super convoluted explanation… Think about it, I know it’s not nearly as mysterious or juicy but it makes the most sense. I think like 9/10 times a killing is commited, especially in such a brutal and personal way it’s someone with close ties to the victim, like a bf. You never know what their relationship was like. Perhaps he found out she was cheating or planning to leave him and retaliated. Or he knew about a large sum of money she kept stashed away and wanted it for himself… Who knows. Police definitely should have investigated him instead of assuming it was some super untraceable hitman.

  10. Kay Nicole says:

    She must’ve seen something drug related and it had to have been extremely horrible.. Im thinking a cop may have been involved with this drug ring. It doesn’t make sense they won’t release files unless they KNOW there is a tie to whoever did this in there. If a cop told her to keep her mouth shut that explains why she wouldn’t tell her dad right away, because she knows her dad would absolutely call the police and she was probably scared. drugs, police, and hitmen are all sounding involved in this case. This dad deserves justice for his baby girl. KEEP FIGHTING! Keep this case alive!!! This won’t go away until there are answers!

    • Nicholas Pansini says:

      Good analysis Kay. It makes perfect sense to assume what you just wrote and I just hopw Jeff gets the justice he so rightly deserves for Lyndsey. This murder was so viscious that whoever these “couple” were are so evil and capable of doing anything that it makes me scared thinking about this whole thing. And they deseve to rot in prison for life! Stabbing someone 40 times is capable of almost anything when you think about it. And just because someone has money or clout like a police man (if one did this horrible thing) can escape justice and derail the attention on them and onto someone who had nothing to do with this crime. And Lyndsey saw something that scared her as she reveiled to her father. Sannich police needs to get off their ass and solve this murder at once but I don’t think they are gonna do that if 12 yrs past and still no arrect.

  11. Silence says:

    Anyone keeping tabs on Leo Baltran? Anyone know his whereabouts? His sister’s name? Why are people still talking about Jason Zailo when everyone knows who the killer is?

  12. Polly Jones says:

    I think the friend arrested with drugs is the most likely connection. Someone related to that saw her with him and thought she knew something. I believe the said the burner phone was purchased close to the time she visited her father and made contact with that friend.

  13. Svetlana says:

    The sketch is so weird. I think those witnesses should see a lineup of suspects wearing blonde wigs to see if they recognize anyone or at least photos of them. I am wondering if the police touched base with them once in a while and even got a new artist to make a sketch. Would they have released it? The eyes are small and with no browbone and the chin is very strong it seems and a flattened nose that sort of curves downwards.

  14. Faith McCain says:

    Does anyone know the business and address attached to the burner phone? Police believe Paulo Rodriguez (name registered to burner phone) was a fake name but the business address attached was legitimate.

    Please let me know.

    BTW, do the names Jordan and Michelle ring a bell to anyone?


  15. Silence says:

    These two workers that stayed behind after Joe DeSousa left seem to be totally left out of the narrative. Someone laid out plastic wrap on that floor for the killers, they didn’t bring it themselves. Clean up was way too easy.

    • Sowmiya says:

      What about her ex-boyfriend? Did the police investigate him? I have so much questions. How is her old relationship? Try to clear these doubts and think it may give you a better idea to know about her death..

  16. Whyyyyy says:

    How in the heck did the couple get to the house? Did they not drive there? Are there no witnesses of the vehicle that the couple drove? You can easily toss a burner phone but a vehicle is a completely diff story.

    • Sean says:

      Exactly, how did the couple get there? If they were viewing a million dollar home, I doubt they took the bus.
      Are there no cameras in the area, from neighbors or close businesses which the police could view?
      Also, Jason said when he arrived, the couple were coming out, then quickly turn around & went back inside?

      He then parked at the side of the house & waited 20 minutes before going inside? How did the couple leave?
      If they fled through the back door, how did they escape? Were they picked up, did they call a taxi?
      Finally, Victoria is located on an Island, the burner phone was from Vancouver, if they were from the mainland the only way to return would be by ferry or plane, the cops should view more camera footage if still available, or paper trails. It is way too mysterious that no one saw, or there is no record of how this couple arrived, or left!

      Also, for anyone selling their home, install a camera so you know protect your Realtor, as well as know who is coming & leaving your home.

      • Svetlana says:

        Seeing how so many people in Victoria have ties to Vancouver as in friends, family, business, school, that it was easy to buy a burner phone on their way back to Victoria so not necessarily it’s someone going back to Vancouver. That burner phone is definitely traceable but the police aren’t doing their job properly.

        The waiting is obviously a stall for time. The couple is the sign. They could’ve left from the front door or the garage side door even.

        • Sean says:

          True about the burner phone. My main point though is, no matter where they left or came from, how did they escape without anyone seeing them? Were they picked up, did they simply get back in their car parked close by, did they call a taxi? There should be someone, or some cameras in the area that saw or caught something?

      • Nicholas Pansini says:

        The prevailing theory is somebody took them there and parked behind the house in back of the fence that was kicked in.

  17. Ananthasubramanian says:

    In that house there is no 2
    Already some one waited for her in that house
    If any cctv footage is available in that area please check
    However they can come by any mode of vehicle
    Please check with his boyfriend whether he seen vehicle

  18. Amber LaManna says:

    I have been vested in this case for years now and keep racking my I. I have thought of something truly outside of the box but I feel I might be on to something.The house she was showing I feel there is WAY more to this particular house.I have always found it so unusual no one ever saw a vehicle or how the murderers fled the scene.I feel as if there were a total of 3 ( gut feeling) What if they did not need to flee the scene because they actually NEVER LEFT!! Think about it? This particular builder who said “, the Bitch got what she deserved” is linked to the devil herself. The crime scene shows no traces of blood which is unheard of and takes serious planning. Think about how convenient it would be to have a hidden access room / possibly tunnel custom-built into this home and when the murder is committed the murderers are secure in a trap door /area/hidden room ( possible tunnel* The burner phone can be with them and turned off and discarded soon after. The area was under construction at the time and I believe there was only one other completed home. The occupants of the completed home we’re the ones that witnessed Lindsay with the couple in the driveway. I referenced *tunnel because when Jason’s mom appeared on the scene on foot within 30 mins while living 30 min away it all came together for me They are all CLOSE.The builder came by around 5 p.m. but I bet you it was not to turn lights on.The slats missing out of the fence in some way shape or form are linked it leaves a way to get in and out thru the back of the home undetected.I am sure the guilty parties we’re in communication until the coast was clear and the scene was cleared because the absolute last thing that police and detectives are going to assume is for the murderers to be remotely close by to the scene of a major crime they just committed. My heart breaks for Lindsay”s dad and he deserves justice and some sense of peace!!

    • Georgette says:

      The only glaring problem with that theory is the clients (suspects) did not pick the house that was shown to them, Lindsay did. She could have chosen any other house just as easily that fit the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and been in an entirely different neighborhood, so I don’t think the house having secret passageways and whatnot is very believable. I mean, maybe if Jason’s mother was more tangled into it, perhaps it’s possible there was more guidance into the home shown, but I think that is very far-fetched.

  19. annalee says:

    A few thoughts
    1, Since the police dont seem to be in any hurry to solve this, maybe one could assume there was police involvement or inside knowledge considering all the good detectives retired one day before this happened, as mentioned on brainscratch.

    2. Ive heard mention there was no blood. Many people have seen dexter, he layed down plastic. Owner of house was there at 5 pm, maybe setting up the house getting things ready. leaving a change of clothing etc he could have also dropped off the killers who waited in the house, then came out at time of meeting acting as if they just got there. maybe he also knocked out the boards previously to give them a quick escape.

    3. the ten minute intervals and rearrangings of car were maybe first ten minutes to get it done, next ten minutes to change clothes

  20. Ruth Walker says:

    How do I get in touch with the family? I have important u formation that can help.

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