The father of Lindsay Buziak, the 24-year-old Victoria real estate agent killed during a house viewing in 2008, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to revitalize the investigation.
The murder remains one of the most high-profile unsolved killings in Canada.
What likely started as a typical Saturday for 24-year-old Lindsay Buziak took a tragic turn after several stab wounds led to her untimely death.
On February 2nd, 2008, the up-and-coming realtor was tricked by her murderers into showing a million-dollar home in the Gordon Head area of Saanich.
That same day, she was found mutilated in an upstairs bedroom of the home at 1702 De Souza Place.
Lindsay’s father, Jeff Buziak, has been gathering information about the homicide for years, launching a website and creating a detailed timeline.
This year marked 14 years since the fatal day.
“Lindsay was very popular. She was a realtor, well-liked. My daughter was executed viciously, for what? We don’t know,” Jeff told Victoria Buzz in an interview.
Investigators believe the couple arranged the meeting using a prepaid cellphone that was later determined to be registered to a fake name in Metro Vancouver.
The new GoFundMe was spurred on after the mother of the former boyfriend of Lindsay Buziak launched a defamation lawsuit against Jeff Buziak.
On April 25th, legal counsel for Shirley Zailo filed the notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court and named Jeff Buziak, as well as Vancouver resident Jane Kavanagh, as defendants.
The lawsuit alleged that Kavanagh, using online aliases, wrote defamatory comments on a blog website owned and operated by Jeff Buziak, which publishes information and theories about the still-unsolved homicide.
Buziak said he has exhausted all of his resources “in the pursuit of justice”, including the $500,000 reward he pledged in 2012 through the media to find her killer.
“I continue to owe more, including a lawsuit I’m currently fighting, along with two others, for our efforts to find Lindsay’s killers,” Jeff Buziak said in a statement.
“Solving this case means justice for Lindsay, everyone who loved her, and women who are victims of violence everywhere.”
According to the GoFundMe, Jeff Buziak is aiming to raise $50,000 which will be spent on hiring a private investigative firm, Zonta Research Group, who have already set up a tip line on their website.
Funds would also be allocated towards “a professional media campaign” including posters and sponsored social media posts.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not dealing with Lindsay’s murder,” Jeff said, pointing to an investigation he feels was mishandled by Saanich Police.
“Linsday’s gone; she’s gone. Gone. Never to return.”
“All I have are great memories of a wonderful daughter. That hurts, so I do it for her.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4356 or toll free at 1-888-980-1919.