UPDATE: Bob Bashara Thanks Community for Support

Bob Bashara, the only "person of interest" in his wife's strangulation death, made his first statement to the media since being identified as being at the middle of the investigation by police. He was joined by his mother and his son.

In a quiet, shaky voice, Bob Bashara addressed about a dozen media outlets Wednesday from the front walk of his home on Middlesex Road in . He did not answer any questions from the media following his brief statement.

It is the first time . Her death was last week after her , about eight miles from the Bashara's house. 

Before speaking, Bashara helped his mother, Nancy Bashara, walk from the house to the area where they and Bob Bashara's son, Rob Bashara, stood to share their brief comments. He introduced both and then explained his daughter, Jessica Bashara, had already returned to school. She is a sophomore at the University of Michigan.

Bob Bashara thanked the community for the "overwhelming support" shown to the family since his wife, , died. He referred to her as "my Jane" and referred to her death as "an unconceiveable tragedy." 

"Please know how wonderful (the support) has been for us," Bashara said, tearing up and starting to falter in his speech. "We have cooperated with law enforcement agencies and will continue to do so."

He asked for continued support from the community and privacy as the family copes with the loss of Jane Bashara. 

When reporters began asking questions, Bob Bashara raised his hand and said he had nothing more to say and as he began to turn to help his mother walk back, his son spoke up. 

Rob Bashara said he and his sister were in "full support" of their father. The trio then walked back into the house and closed the front door. 

Several local TV stations were streaming the conference live, including WXYZ TV and Fox 2.

. He provided details to police to suggest he was present when Jane Bashara was killed.

Bob Bashara's address to the media comes one day after .

Meanwhile detectives from Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit Police Homicide continue the investigation into Jane Bashara's death.

Maria Miller, the spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, said Wednesday afternoon her office had not yet received any information on the case related to a warrant request. 

Updated at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday. Updated again at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Laura Hetzler February 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Poor Nancy! My heart goes out to her and the entire Bashara family.
danaRBA February 01, 2012 at 11:48 PM
He's dragging his mother and son into the media spotlight just to make himself look good. How about bringing out the mistress too, Bob? Community support? Bob was not mentioned once in the eulogies or funeral service for Jane. So much for support.
Leslie Curtis February 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
It's very difficult to believe that Bob had nothing to do with this. It's been seen to many times before.


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