Real estate agent slain in new home
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2008 7:36PM PST
An "extraordinary" young woman embarking on a successful real estate career was mysteriously found murdered in an upscale new home that was listed for sale near Victoria this weekend.
Police said they found the body of Lindsay Buziak, 24, at about 6 p.m. Saturday night after responding to a 9-1-1 call that said they should check on a house in the new development of De Sousa Place in Saanich.
Family, friends and co-workers were shocked the "senseless" death of Buziak, who was a Re/Max estate agent in Victoria.
"Things were going well for her," said her uncle, Gary Reitmayer. "She was a good person, very friendly, very outgoing. Everything should have been going her way.
"Nobody seems to know what transpired, and there's no rhyme or reason. It's senseless," he said.
Even more mysterious is that the listed house, at 1702 De Sousa Place, was not for sale by Buziak. Two other Re/Max estate agents, Laurie Lidstone and Nancy Di Castri, were selling it for $964,900, describing it as an "outstanding executive home."
Neither Lidstone nor Di Castri could be reached for comment. Buziak's co-worker Wayne Schraeder said that he hadn't been told where Buziak would be that night.
"She was a great girl," Schraeder told CTV.
Saanich police said they didn't believe that Buziak was targeted because of her business.
Finding out who made that 9-1-1 call that originally brought police to the property will be a cruicial part of the investigation, police said.
Friends told CTV that Buziak had received a cell phone call to show a house, but was uneasy about going there.
Friend Nick Calogeros told CTV News that he and Busiak were close when they worked together in Vancouver.
"Holy smokes," he said. "You're going to have to give me some time on this."
It's not the first time that a realtor has been slain apparently on the job. In June 2003 a Vancouver realtor was tied up and robbed as she showed a condominium. In October 1993 realtor Janet McLeod was beaten and left for dead at an open house in Duncan. She survived.
In March 1985 realtor Beverley Seto was stabbed 29 times and killed while showing a house in Abbotsford.
Saanich police said they would likely be investigating the house over the next 72 hours and told the public that civilian search and rescue workers and uniformed police officers would be searching the area.
The Saanich police asked anyone with information to pass it on to them at 250-475-4321.