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ME Determines Cause Of Death For Norwalk Woman Killed In Her Home

Paul Bjerke is charged in the death of a Norwalk woman who died of a blunt impact injury to her head.
Paul Bjerke is charged in the death of a Norwalk woman who died of a blunt impact injury to her head. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death for the 49-year-old woman who was found dead in her Norwalk home early Wednesday morning. 

Lisa Zemlok died of a blunt impact injury to her head during a homicide, state officials said Friday. 

Zemlok's body was found at about 1:30 a.m. in her home at 505 Westport Ave. Unit 17 after officers arrived on a report of an assault, police said. 

Officers detained another resident, 59-year-old Paul Bjerke, who was inside the residence when they arrived, police said. Bjerke was later charged with first-degree manslaughter for his role in the death, police said.

Many of Zemlok's friend posted messages at the Norwalk Police Department's Facebook page after her death.

"She had a wonderful smile. So sad an ending for a girl who went thru life with many problems and still smiled. RIP pretty girl," said on post.

"She was a great friend. Deserved so much more than what life gave her," said another post.

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Other messages referenced her work as a hairdresser.

"Lisa, you will always be in my heart and I will miss you. You're a real friend. You always were the one that always cut my hair. The heavens has just got a real beautiful angel. RIP my friend Lisa," the post said.

Another post said, "Good friend and awesome hairdresser. I will miss her." 

Bjerke shared the home, which is in a mobile home community, with Zemlok, who was his girlfriend, The Hour reported.  

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Bjerke was arraigned Wednesday afternoon at state Superior Court in Norwalk, where his bond was raised from $750,000 to $1 million, The Hour said. 

The police investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Daniel Fitzmaurice at 203-854-3180.

Anonymous tips can also be left at or via text by typing “NPD” into the text field followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

Click here to read the story at The Hour website.

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