Nick & Lisa Masee

Before his retirement, Nick Masee worked as the head of private banking for the Bank of Montreal. He worked alongside some of the most prominent stock promoters in Vancouver’s Stock Exchange, and would often fly in private jets with them to Las Vegas and stay in their Scottsdale Mansions. He would also go on weekend fishing trips with them, and dine with them in the most expensive and upscale restaurants.

But in reality, Nick and Lisa Masee were not as wealthy as they may have seemed. When working as a banker, Nick only received $84,000 a year. Their North Vancouver home has been mortgaged heavily, and the couple owed $70,000 in credit card debts. Lisa worked as a hairdresser at Yokoi Hair Salon. The pair also owned a time-share in Maui.

Nick was hoping that his new business venture, being a director of a Vancouver Stock Exchange start-up called Turbodyne Technologies, would propel him into the big leagues and generate more money for the couple.

Nick and Lisa met in 1984 when Nick became one of Lisa’s clients at the hairdressing shop. The couple eventually got married and became well-known within Vancouver’s Howe Street crowd, where they lived. They frequently travelled to Hawaii, the Cayman Islands and the Netherlands.

Nick and Lisa Masee. Credit: CBC

In April 1994, Nick and Lisa took a trip to the Cayman Islands without telling any family or friends. When they were there, they set up a bank account and deposited $50,000 worth of stock. They both also drew up wills.

A few weeks after, Nick called his daughter who was living in Holland to say that he probably wouldn’t be able to call her on her birthday that year. He never gave an explanation as to why.

On August 10th, 1994, Nick and Lisa told several people that they were going to Trader Vic’s, a local Polynesian restaurant that was located at the Bayshore Inn in Coal Harbour. They were going there to meet an investor to discuss a $10 million business deal. The identity of the investor has never been found.

Nick had told one of his business partners that the investor was going to send a limousine to his house to pick the couple up. However, no one showed up at the restaurant that evening and no one called to cancel. This was very strange, as according to his friends Nick would definitely have called to cancel if they were no longer able to go.

In 1995, a witness told CBC that they saw Nick and Lisa in the Westin Bayshore’s Garden Lounge, located next door to Trader Vic’s. The witness told CBC that the couple was there from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, and they shared a bottle of wine. Nick was also wearing a tracksuit. What happened after this sighting is unclear.

On the morning of August 11th, 1994, Lisa made two calls from Nick’s mobile phone. One call was to her boss, and the other call was to one of Nick’s business associates. She told them both that she and Nick were going away for a few days. This was the last time anyone heard from the couple.

Nick and Lisa Masee. Credit: Canadaunsolved.com

The calls were found to be routed from Bowen Island’s repeater, which is just off West Vancouver. This means that the call could have been made from either the Sunshine Coast or from Point Grey on Vancouver’s West Side.

August 11th 1994 was also Lisa’s 39th Birthday.

A week after Lisa made the phone calls, Lisa’s sister went to their property to check on the couple. Nick’s car was still in the driveway, and their front door was closed but unlocked. Their cat was inside the house, along with the couple’s passports. The security system had been disabled, which Lisa’s sister says is extremely out of character for the couple.

Two zip ties, which are similar to those used as handcuffs, were found inside the front entrance of the house. Nothing else in the home had been disturbed or moved.

Nick and Lisa have never been seen or heard from again, and their whereabouts are unknown.

In 1995, Nick’s son, Nick Jr, hired a private investigator called Ozzie Kaban to look into his father’s and Lisa’s disappearance. Kaban discovered that a few years before Nick and Lisa went missing, a man named Fred Hoffman had also disappeared. Fred had done business with Nick, and at the same time that Fred went missing so did $10 million of Fred’s client’s money.

One of the clients was a retired anesthesiologist from Seattle. Nick introduced him to Fred, but when Fred went missing the anesthesiologist lost $3 million.

Ozzie Kaban believes that both Nick and Lisa are alive and that Nick was “running from something”. No evidence has ever been found to support this theory.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were investigating two theories: one that Nick and Lisa were the victims of foul play, and another that Nick and Lisa left on their own accord. Some people even believe that Nick and Lisa went into the victim protection program.

On the 30th of July 2019, a press conference was held where the RCMP asked the public to come forward with any information that may help lead to the couple’s whereabouts. The RCMP also announced that they believe Nick and Lisa were killed for unknown reasons, despite there being no new leads in the case.

The reward for any information leading to Nick and Lisa’s whereabouts was raised from $25,000 to $50,000.

Nick’s children, Nick Jr and Tanya, were also in attendance at the press conference.

Perhaps the time that has gone by would allow somebody to come forward now, that otherwise might have remained silent in the past.” Nick Jr said at the press conference.

Nick and Lisa Masee. Credit: Canadaunsolved.com

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Unsolved, Still Missing, Missing Person, Missing People, Mystery, True Crime, Nick and Lisa Masee, Vancouver, Canada, 1994, Missing Person Case, Unsolved Mystery, Disappeared, Disappearance, Unsolved Disappearance, Ongoing Investigation

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