A small town in Detroit is shaken over the homicide of Jane Bashara, the suburban wife and mother-of-two whose body was found strangled in the back seat of her Mercedes-Benz.
Bashara, 56, disappeared Tuesday night from Grosse Point Park, a usually quiet town that covers just over one square mile. Her body and car was found Wednesday morning in an alley. Following an autopsy, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office ruled the cause of death a homicide by strangulation.
Police told The Detroit Free Press that Bashara's husband reporter her missing at 11:30 p.m. Bob Bashara said he spoke to his wife while she was driving home from work, but when he returned from working on a rental property at 8 p.m., she wasn't there.
A friend told the paper that the TV was on and her work ID was at home, as if she had last been at the house. Police said her purse and cell phone are believed to have been found in the vehicle.
Bob Bashara said Thursday he has no idea what happened to his wife of 26 years.
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I have no clue, he told the Detroit Free Press. Someone obviously had made their way into her car or attacked her and did what they did to her and dropped her, stashed her car somewhere.
No funeral date has been set. Friends and family say she was a caring and devoted wife and mother. Here are 5 other things about Jane:
1. Bashara was a senior marketing manager at Kema Services, an energy consulting and testing company, where she handled market outreach. According to her LinkedIn account she previeously worked at Frontier 3 Advertising.
2. Bashara attended Central Michigan University for undergrad and University of Detroit Mercy for grad school, according to her Facebook page.
3. A Michigan native, she grew up in Mount Clemens, suburban town bigger than Grosse Pointe.
4. According to WJBK Detroit, she regularly attended church.
5. She is survived by her two adult children, Jessica and Rob, according to the Grosse Pointe Patch.