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Bashara, Lawyer Open Private Investigation Of Strangulation Death

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David Griem addresses the media (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell, File)

David Griem addresses the media (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell, File)

GROSSE POINTE (WWJ/AP) - Bob Bashara says he has opened his own investigation into the murder of his wife, Jane.

Bashara is the only person whom Grosse Pointe Park police have said they’re focused on in their investigation, although he maintains his innocence.

Bashara’s lawyer David Griem told reporters Wednesday his investigators include at least one retired FBI agent. Griem says those investigators identified their own “person of interest.” Griem says he’ll soon give the name to police.

An Oregon woman was also reportedly flown to Detroit to talk with investigators this week about the case.

Griem previously said he expected charges against Joe Gentz, an acquaintance of Bob Bashara, but changed his opinion after police released that person.

The body of 56-year-old Jane Bashara was found in the back of her Mercedes-Benz SUV parked in an alley at Pinwood and Arnott in Detroit on Jan. 25. Her husband reported her missing the night before.

An autopsy showed that Jane Bashara had extensive bruising to her upper body, a crushed windpipe and missing fingernails.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the investigation is ongoing. No one has been charged.

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