GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich (WXYZ) - To neighbors, he is a man mourning the death of his wife, but the investigation around Jane Bashara’s murder is now centering around her husband after sources say he failed a polygraph test .
Around the neighborhood, Bob Bashara is known as the “Mayor of Middlesex,” but investigators are looking at him in a very different manner.
Bashara called police around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to report his wife, Jane, missing. The next morning, her body was found in her SUV on Detroit’s east side. There were signs of trauma to her back, throat and chest. An autopsy also revealed she had been strangled .
It remains unclear where Jane was murdered, but investigators don’t think she was killed in her vehicle. At this time there is no indication this was a random crime. Police don’t believe it was a carjacking or robbery.
As 7 Action News was first to report, sources say Bob Bashara failed his polygraph test and is now the center of the investigation. Grosse Pointe Park Police Chief David Hiller is not calling Bashara a suspect, but says he is the only “person of interest. ”
Friends offering support repeatedly told 7 Action News that Bob Bashara would never hurt his wife and there were no outward signs of trouble in their marriage. When 7 Action News crews approached Bashara for answers on Saturday, he stayed quiet and rushed into his home.
Friends and family stayed with Bashara throughout the day at his Grosse Pointe Park home on Saturday. There was no police activity, unlike Friday evening when investigators conducted a raid there, pulling evidence that included a computer . Cadaver dogs also swept through the home at that time, but came back with no hits.
Visitation is Monday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home at 8 Mile Road and Mack.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church on Lakeshore next to War Memorial.
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