Friday, January 27, 2012

Grosse Point, MI: Police: Husband of Grosse Pointe Park woman strangled to death is a suspect

The husband of a Grosse Pointe Park woman, who was strangled to death and left in her SUV in an eastside Detroit alley, is considered a suspect, police said.

According to Detroit police, Bob Bashara has taken a polygraph test and a search warrant was executed on the couple's home on Middlesex in Grosse Pointe Park.

Jane Bashara, 56, was strangled to death. She went missing Tuesday night and was found Wednesday morning in the backseat of her Mercedes-Benz SUV, which had been dumped in an alley near Pinewood and Annott.

On Thursday, Bob Bashara told the Free Press that police have given him little information about his wife's death, saying that police are "treating me kind of at arm's length."

"As far as they're concerned and what not, they have to consider me a suspect," he said on Thursday.

Bob Bashara said he spoke with police for about an hour and a half on Thursday.

Tonight, police pulled a car into the driveway of the Bashara home on Middlesex in Grosse Pointe Park shortly before 9 p.m.

Officers loaded what appeared to be two computers and a small box into a dark-colored car. Officers from both Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit have been on the scene, along with a dog, which went through the home with police.

Most of the lights in the two-story home have been on and police could be seen through the windows going through the home with flashlights.

Patti Matthews, who said she is Jane Bashara's best friend since high school, said today that even loved ones have been given little information from police.

Police have said Jane Bashara is believed to have returned home from work, but when her husband came home at about 8 p.m., she was gone.

Bob Bashara, Jane Bashara's husband, said he spoke to his wife Tuesday as she drove home from work. He said he was working on a rental property, and when he returned home at 8 p.m., she wasn't there.

Bob Bashara, who has been interviewed by police, reportedly called friends looking for his wife, but police said that by 11:30 p.m. he called authorities in Grosse Pointe Park to reporter her missing.

Matthews said that, Jane Bashara arrived home from work Tuesday, she was on the phone with her daughter.

She said her friend's briefcase and work ID was at the home and Bob Bashara believed his wife "changed into her comfy clothes."

But police have given friends and family little information, including what clothes Jane Bashara was wearing when she was found in her SUV Wednesday morning by a tow truck driver.

"We don't know anything," Matthews said.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest in the case, John Broad, president of the organization, said today.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-773-2587 (800-SPEAK-UP).

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