By Megan Spicer
Advancements in DNA testing have provided police with the possibility of solving one of the town's few cold cases.
The last time the case had been examined was in the early 1980s, according to Detective Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, who came across it in April 2012 when he moved into his office. It was then that Lt. Ron Bussell suggested that Johnson take a look at the case. He has been ever since.
Sjolander was found the morning of Dec. 4, 1978, shot twice at close range. He was 36 when he was killed.
Prior to his death, Sjolander was a parolee who had been working as a hairdresser in Montreal, Quebec, until April 1978.
Little is known about Sjolander's activities in the United States, but three independent reports, according to police, place Sjolander in Stamford, though he may have also spent time in New York City.
The last confirmed sighting of Sjolander was in November 1978 when he was seen leaving an Ursula Place apartment in Stamford.
At the time of Sjolander's death, police said, he may have gone by the alias "Paul Swanson."
He had two tattoos on his body. One, written in script, reads "Terry my Love." "Terry" is believed to be an American-born woman who was living in Montreal during the late 1970s; she has yet to be identified, police said. "Terry" has been described as a black or bi-racial female with family ties to the New York City area.
On the morning of Sjolander's death, three men were eating breakfast at the counter in Howard Johnson's, which was at 150 Ledge Road. A waitress overheard the men talking about a murder, police said.
The men are described as a white male who was neat and dressed like a workman, and another white male who was tall, thin and wearing glasses. He was also described as being neat and dressed like a workman. The final man was a black in his late 20s or early 30s with very dark skin and wearing a leather hat.
The waitress said the black male was "skillfully" drawing on a napkin and paper menu with a felt-tip pen, police said. The drawings were preserved and given to the police.
Evidence from the Sjolander homicide was processed by the FBI forensic lab in early 1979, long before the advent of DNA testing, according to police. Some of this evidence is being sent to the FBI Lab in Quantico, Va., for re-analysis. Evidence is also being sent to the Connecticut State Forensic Lab for DNA testing.
Darien investigators believe that Sjolander's death is connected with another unsolved murder from 1978. In June, Darien native Ronald Poole was found shot to death in Dutchess County, N.Y.
Poole (AKA "Slump") was a member of the Charter Oaks Motorcycle Club and was known to frequent the Ursula Place apartments in Stamford.
Anyone with any information regarding Greg Sjolander or Ronald Poole should contact Johnson at 203-662-5330 or email@example.com.