Saanich Police respond to petition for new police agency on Lindsay Buziak murder case
Petition asks Public Safety Minister to to help find justice for slain realtor
Published Thursday, February 20, 2020
The father of a murdered Saanich real estate agent is hoping an online petition to remove the Saanich police from his daughter’s case will move the investigation forward.
The petition, launched on Tuesday by a woman in Indiana, had more than 1,600 signatures by 2 p.m. Thursday. It asks that the investigation in the unsolved murder be taken out of the hands of Saanich police.
“I can’t imagine how something like this could happen and go unsolved for so long,” said Turner. “We would like the file to be turned over from the Saanich Police Department and if at all possible, go to the RCMP.“
Saanich police provided a statement to CTV News saying the department’s joint investigation with the RCMP “continues to this day.”
“In fact, the RCMP assisted the Saanich police by conducting comprehensive reviews of the Saanich police investigation in 2008 and again in 2019, where RCMP subject-matter experts worked at the Saanich Police Department,” the statements said.
“We are currently moving forward with the recommendations of the most recent review. The Lindsay Buziak homicide remains an open and active investigation of the Saanich police, and we remain committed to bringing this file to a successful conclusion.”
“I think all of us want to see this case be solved. We know sometimes, unfortunately, it can take a very long time, ” Farnworth told CTV News. “My experience with police departments around this province is often many years later a case will be solved because cases are never really truly cold and I think all of us want this case solved.”
Farnworth said it is not within his authority to remove Saanich investigators from the Buziak case and assign it to another police agency. He said there is a separate police complaints process that people can access if they have concerns about the investigation.
“I have every confidence that this case is going to be pursued until the killer is found, convicted and brought to justice,” said Farnworth.