People are withholding information in Buziak murder case, police say

Saanich police say they have worked diligently for the past 10 years to find the people responsible for the slaying of Lindsay Buziak.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of her homicide, Saanich police sent out a statement reaffirming their commitment to get justice for Buziak, her family and friends.

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The 24-year-old real estate agent was stabbed and killed while showing a vacant home in Gordon Head on Feb. 2, 2008.

Saanich police said they believe a number of people have personal and first-hand knowledge of the killing and have withheld this information.

“Saanich police have worked tirelessly with the RCMP and Victoria police in partnerships to achieve success. After 10-years of work, we regret that success has not been achieved to date in our investigation. As with other pre-planned and targeted murders, the perpetrators and/or conspirators have taken steps to avoid apprehension by police,” the statement said.

Lindsay’s father, Jeff Buziak, has been highly critical of the police investigation. He has created a website about her slaying.

Saanich police say websites, blogs, and social media platforms have provided a forum for a lot of speculation about the homicide and the investigation.

“Although not actively participating, the Saanich police are aware of the many falsehoods, accusations and erroneous information posted on the internet. While providing clarification is difficult, the investigators are aware that much of the posted information is either false, misleading, or deliberately fabricated,” the statement said.

The Buziak homicide investigation was reviewed by the RCMP Office of Investigational Standards and Practices. Saanich police also participated in strategic advisory groups with other homicide officers from across the province, including members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team from the Lower Mainland.

All of these steps were undertaken to ensure the highest level of investigational standards were being met, said Saanich police Sgt. Jereme Leslie.

“As with all criminal offences in British Columbia, the standard of Crown counsel charge approval must be met. Saanich police are continuing to work towards success in this investigation, and the case remains active and ongoing as we move towards a successful conclusion to this investigation,” said Leslie.

At 10 a.m. today, Jeff Buziak will lead a 17-kilometre Walk for Justice starting at Royal Oak Burial Park. passing the house where Buziak was killed, and ending up at Saanich Municipal Hall.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

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