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The investigation into Ana Walshe’s disappearance has rocked Cohasset and led to a sprawling investigation both in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., where the mother of three worked.
Her husband, Brian Walshe, was charged with her murder on Jan. 17. He was first arrested on Jan. 8 and charged with misleading a police investigation. When he appeared in court on Jan. 9, prosecutors said that police found blood and a bloody, damaged knife in the basement of the Walshe family’s home.
Ana Walshe was first reported missing on Jan. 4 by co-workers. She had a flight scheduled to take her from Boston to Washington on Jan. 3 but never boarded the plane.
Early on in their investigation, police were told that she had to change her plans due to an emergency at work and had left early in the morning on Jan. 1 to take a rideshare to Logan Airport. But police soon shifted their focus from a missing person probe to a murder investigation.
Here’s what to know so far:
Only days before Ana Walshe was last seen alive, her husband, Brian, allegedly made what prosecutors now consider a revelatory Google search.
“What is the best state to divorce for a man,” he typed into the online search engine on Dec. 27, according to Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland.
“Rather than divorce, it is believed that Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discarded her body,” Beland said in Quincy District Court on Wednesday.
Investigators believe the body of the Cohasset mother of three was thrown into trash bags her husband later discarded in North Shore communities.
Police uncovered 10 trash bags stuffed with blood-stained items, including a hacksaw and a hatchet, at a Peabody trash transfer station last week, although other bags were destroyed before authorities were able to get ahold of them, Beland said.
The items, some of which contained DNA of both the Cohasset husband and wife, were among the new evidence presented in court as Brian Walshe, 47, was arraigned on charges of murder and disinterring a body — over a week after authorities said he purposely misled police amid their search for the missing mother.
A plea of not guilty was entered on Brian Walshe’s behalf. At the request of Beland, a judge ordered him held without bail, pending an indictment.
The day after his wife Ana Walshe was last seen, prosecutors allege Brian Walshe asked Google, “Can you be charged with murder without a body?”
Walshe, 47, got his answer Wednesday as he was arraigned in Quincy District Court on charges of murder and disinterring a body in connection with his wife’s disappearance. Ana Walshe’s body has not been found. A not guilty plea was entered on Brian Walshe’s behalf.
In court, prosecutor Lynn Beland rattled off a list of Google searches they say Brian Walshe made, some on his son’s iPad, in the days after the Cohasset mother of three was last seen in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Brian Walshe, the husband of Ana Walshe, the missing Cohasset mother who was last seen early on New Year’s Day, is now facing a murder charge in connection with her disappearance, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey announced Tuesday afternoon.
“A continued investigation has now allowed police to obtain an arrest warrant charging Brian Walshe with the murder of his wife,” Morrissey said in a video statement.
Walshe will be transported to Quincy District Court and arraigned on a murder charge, he said.
As the investigation into Ana Walshe’s disappearance enters its third week, new information about her past is coming to light.
Last March, Walshe moved to Washington, D.C. for her job in the real estate industry. She spent most of the year living away from her husband and their three young boys in Cohasset, The Boston Globe reported.
The distance between Ana and her family reportedly caused some issues. A friend of hers, Alissa Kirby, told Boston 25 News last week that Ana and Brian Walshe were “experiencing a lot of stress together,” and that “it had been a very tense Christmas.”
A friend who spent New Year’s Eve with the couple, right before Ana went missing on Jan. 1, avoided answering a question from the Globe about any conflicts between Ana and Brian Walshe.
“You’ve got to talk to the police,” he told the paper. “I can’t comment on that.”
Brian Walshe remains in custody on charges of misleading police. The couple’s children are in state custody, but a friend has filled out an application with the Department of Children and Families to care for them, WMUR reported.
Before meeting Brian and establishing herself in Massachusetts and Washington, Ana Walshe arrived in the US from Serbia in 2005. She found work cleaning hotel rooms in Virginia before acquiring a certificate from Cornell University’s hospitality management program, according to her LinkedIn profile. She worked her way up through a series of high-end hospitality jobs in Boston, working at the InterContinental and the Taj.
Ana met Brian in 2008 at the Wheatleigh hotel in the Berkshires. She was married to another man first, according to the Globe, but recalled later that meeting Brian Walshe was “love at first sight.”
“When I met Brian, I witnessed his kindness and generosity on many occasions, however, I also saw the level of suffering in his life,” she wrote in a letter to a judge obtained by the Globe. “He was afraid of relationships and for years did not allow anyone to get close to him, including me. He was clearly in doubt that he could be loved for who he truly was.”
That love eventually got her tangled up in Brian Walshe’s legal troubles. While orchestrating a scheme to sell fake Andy Warhol paintings, Brian Walshe cheated a person in France out of $145,000, according to court records obtained by the Globe. He reportedly used some of this to take Ana shopping at Prada.
Brian Walshe pleaded guilty in 2021 to scamming a Los Angeles collector using the fake Warhols. Before his sentencing, he was also accused of misleading investigators by failing to disclose some of his wife’s assets, including a 2014 Fiat, a 2015 Maserati, and real estate, the Globe reported.
“It is particularly striking because the defendant’s wife benefitted from the fraud here, which took place before they were married but were together: the defendant transferred approximately $115,000 directly to or for the benefit of his wife, from funds provided by the victims,” prosecutors wrote in a memo obtained by the Globe.
Ana Walshe’s eBay account was used to list the two Warhol paintings, and at one point FBI investigators were hoping to collect her DNA and fingerprints in connection with the case, according to the paper. It is not clear if that evidence was collected.
A longtime friend of Ana’s who lives in Belgrade, Bojan Bacevic, told the Globe that he recently saw a newfound desire for freedom in her.
“It seemed like she was at a place where she achieved what she wanted family-wise [and] work-wise,” he told the Globe. “And she kind of wanted to live life a little bit more freely.”
“Up until recently, I never had any doubt that she was completely, completely in love with the man,” Bacevic added, when asked about Ana Walshe’s marriage.
A prayer vigil was held Thursday evening for Ana Walshe in Cohasset.
Ana Walshe told police in Washington, D.C. that Brian Walshe threatened to kill her over the phone, Boston 25 News first reported Thursday.
In August 2014, Ana Walshe told officers that someone “made a statement over the telephone that he was going to kill her, and her friends,” according to the police report, also obtained by Boston.com.
The public incident report does not directly name Brian Walshe, and refers to Ana Walshe as Ana Knipp, which is her maiden name.
Ana Walshe did not cooperate with the Metropolitan Police Department and Brian Walshe was never charged. The case is now closed, a representative of the department confirmed.
She has not been seen since Jan. 1. Brian Walshe is being held on $500,000 bail at the Norfolk County House of Correction. He was arrested on Sunday and charged with misleading police in their search for Ana.
Prosecutors said in court Monday that police found blood and a bloody, damaged knife in the Cohasset home that the couple shared with their three young boys.
Investigators this week wrapped up their search of the home, and began searching trash facilities and dumpsters at locations Brian Walshe reportedly traveled to right after his wife disappeared.
The Cohasset community will come together to honor Ana Walshe on Thursday afternoon as the 39-year-old mother of three remains missing.
According to a Facebook post from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, there will be an interfaith prayer vigil for Walshe at 4:30 p.m. on Cohasset Town Common.
“All are welcome,” the post says.
Cohasset police are warning the public to be wary of donating to online fundraisers that claim to benefit or support the children of Ana Walshe.
“We are seeing media reports stating there is a fund to help support the children of Ana Walshe,” police said in a Facebook post early Thursday morning. “We would be hesitant to donate to any fundraising campaigns at this time. Beware of scams!”
The children of Ana and Brian Walshe are in the care of the state Department of Children and Families as Ana Walshe remains missing and Brian Walshe is in police custody.
Friends of the Walshe family are seeking to get Ana and Brian Walshe’s three sons out of state custody and into their care.
WCVB reports the children, ages 2, 4, and 6, are in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families as their mother remains missing and their father is in law enforcement custody.
Brian Walshe was charged earlier this week with misleading the police investigation of his wife’s disappearance.
“I can only imagine the unfathomable pain that they’re going through,” a family friend, Pamela Bardhi, told the outlet. “This is, unfortunately, going to be something they live with for the rest of their lives, despite the outcome of this investigation.”
Natasha Sky, founder of the Sky International Center, a Newton-based, social-business network Ana Walshe was involved with, said she is proposing to have the three sons kept together.
“In our community, we have quite a few families,” Sky told WCVB. “I’m offering my house for them to stay since I am a mother and I have a 9-year-old.”
She added: “I get emotional when I think of three kids who went through such drama. They don’t know where their mother is, where their father is, and they will be separated. They don’t even have each other.”
Information about the children and cases DCF is involved in is not made publicly available.
A Boston 25 News report says Ana Walshe sold a Revere condo she owned shortly before her disappearance last week.
The deed from the sale of the Revere Street property was recorded by the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds on Dec. 29, according to the news station. Walshe was last seen at her Cohasset home early on Jan. 1, authorities have said.
Property records reviewed by Boston 25 News show Walshe purchased the 670-square-foot condo in January 2020 for $137,000 and put it on the market last November for $199,000.
The condo sold well over asking price at $220,000 just over a week later, with the sale finalized on Dec. 17.
A man involved in the sale told Boston 25 News he shared details of the transaction with Massachusetts State Police.
Documents show Brian Walshe was listed as the “grantor’s,” or seller’s, spouse, which the station notes is common even though only Ana Walshe’s name was on the deed.
Brian Walshe was reportedly spotted on surveillance video from Jan. 1, the day his wife went missing, and on Jan. 2.
Cameras captured Brian Walshe near the dumpster of a Swampscott liquor store on Jan. 1, police sources confirmed to Boston 25 News. Walshe said he visited a Whole Foods near that dumpster the same day, but investigators were not able to corroborate that claim with surveillance footage or receipts. The liquor store is across the street from the residence of Brian Walshe’s mother.
In recent days, investigators have been seen searching trash facilities and dumpsters in the areas Brian Walshe visited following Ana Walshe’s disappearance. Items found at a Peabody trash facility are currently being tested and processed as evidence. CBS Boston reports that investigators did not find any evidence in the Swampscott dumpster.
Additionally, security footage obtained by CBS Boston appears to show Brian Walshe inside the Press Juice Bar in Norwell on Jan. 2. Prosecutors previously said Walshe was seen purchasing about $450 in cleaning supplies from a Home Depot on Jan. 2. Walshe allegedly told police that he only left his house on Jan. 2 to take his young son out for ice cream.
Brian Walshe lived the good life — at the expense of those around him.
A Boston Globe report published Tuesday night found the 47-year-old father of three was once a well-educated wine connoisseur, concierge, and art dealer with a taste for life’s finer things, and apparently had little qualms, if any, about using those around him to bankroll his world.
In diary entries, he even boasted about how simple it was for him to defraud even the closest people in his life, writing once it’s “easy for me to do them up,” federal court records say.
Walshe was the son of Dr. Thomas M. Walshe, the late prominent neurologist at the helm of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s neurology department, and Diana Walshe, who came from a family with generational wealth “but that also experienced despair and tragedy that would carry through to her son,” the Globe wrote.
According to the newspaper: “Brian Walshe’s childhood was beset by emotional abuse from a reclusive mother and a father who partied, Walshe’s attorney wrote in a court memo. Brian Walshe was left ‘neglected, unloved, and emotionally damaged,’ his psychiatrist reported, according to a court filing. His parents divorced in 2003, records show.”
Walshe eventually had a falling out with his father.
In the early 2000s, Walshe went to the elder Walshe about a real estate deal, in which his father would pay to renovate a Lenox home in disrepair that Brian Walshe owned, the Globe reports.
When he sold it, his father would receive the money he invested in the property while Brian Walshe would gain a nest egg in the payout.
“The elder Walshe poured more than $500,000 into the renovations and the home was refinanced, according to the family friend and a court affidavit,” the Globe wrote. “On the night of the closing, father and son spoke over the phone, and Brian Walshe was supposed to send a check to his father with his share of the deal. Instead, the friend said, Brian Walshe disappeared with the money.
“Thomas Walshe, the court filings said, didn’t hear from his son for more than a decade.”
Other allegations outlined in the newspaper report include that a college friend of Walshe told the FBI the latter “borrowed” $500,000 and never repaid it, that Walshe deposited over $30,000 in bad checks, and that he often asked friends to pay for expensive dinners.
“According to prosecutors, the owner of Walshe’s former condo in Lynn said Walshe had failed to forward a check made out to them. Walshe cashed it and kept the money,” the newspaper wrote.
Still, after he pleaded guilty in 2021 to selling two fraudulent Andy Warhol paintings, he wrote to the judge about how he pledged to pay whatever restitution was required.
“I have created a contract for myself: ‘I am an honest, courageous, loving leader,’” Walshe wrote. “I repeat this contract to myself on a daily basis. I train every day on 100 percent integrity, 100 percent of the time.”
He went on to ask for the chance to serve his sentence outside of prison.
“My only declaration and intention is to be of service to our community and beyond,” he wrote.
“I am not a threat to any members of our society.”
As a result of Brian Walshe’s past legal troubles, he was ordered to be restricted to his residence except for activities already approved by authorities. In the days surrounding his wife’s disappearance, Walshe was indeed wearing a location monitoring device.
But a spokesperson from the U.S. Attorney’s Office told WBZ on Tuesday that Walshe’s bracelet did not have the GPS tracking features used in other devices. Instead, the device he is wearing uses radio waves that could have alerted authorities when he left his house, but could not relay his specific location.
Allegations of fraud and deceit thrusted Brian Walshe through the state and federal legal systems long before authorities say he tried to mislead them in their search for his wife, who went missing from their Cohasset home last week, records in at least two legal proceedings show.
Walshe, 47, not only pleaded guilty to selling two fraudulent paintings by Andy Warhol in 2016, but has also been at the center of an ongoing dispute over his late father’s will for several years after family and friends alleged he destroyed the document and wrongly took over management of his father’s estate.
He offloaded prized heirlooms, including paintings by Joan Miro and Salvador Dali, before a cousin intervened, court filings allege.
“Brian is not a trustworthy person and his affidavit is based on lies and misrepresentations,” a longterm friend of his father wrote in a 2019 sworn affidavit filed in Plymouth Probate and Family Court. “He completely crafted fabrications and misrepresented reality to suit his needs, which are consistent with his pattern of appropriating [his father’s] money, which he had skillfully done in the past.”
New details continue to emerge in the case surrounding the disappearance of Ana Walshe. Now, Ana Walshe’s mother has broken her silence and shed light on her daughter’s mindset shortly before she went missing.
Ana Walshe’s mother, Milanka Ljubicic, told Fox News Digital that her daughter asked her to travel from Serbia to Washington, D.C. in a text message sent on Christmas Day.
“She just said, ‘Please, mama. Come tomorrow,’” Ljubicic said in an interview that was conducted in Belgrade. “Which means, that clearly, there must have been some problems.”
The search and processing of the Walshe family home in Cohasset was completed Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office said just after 4 p.m.
Although police are no longer searching the property, Cohasset and Massachusetts State Police detectives continue to investigate the case. There were no changes to the charges in place.
After initially searching the home for multiple days, police said on Saturday that “the ground search will not resume unless police develop new information that so warrants it.”
Investigators, however, returned Sunday. Brian Walshe was arrested later that day.
After investigators reportedly collected evidence at a trash facility in Peabody on Monday, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday morning authorities recovered a “number of items” during a search north of Boston.
The items are now “subject to processing and testing to determine if they are of evidentiary value to this investigation,” prosecutors said.
“No detail on those items will be disclosed at this time,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Cheryl Fiandaca, WBZ’s chief investigative reporter, reported Tuesday, however, sources told the news station police found trash bags with blood, a hatchet, a hack saw, a rug, and used cleaning supplies at the transfer station.
The news came as investigators continued to process the Walshes’ Cohasset home for potential evidence. Prosecutors said processing may conclude later Tuesday or sometime Wednesday.
In court Monday, Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland said investigators found blood and a bloody, damaged knife in the basement of the home.
Investigators found evidence connected to the disappearance of Ana Walshe while combing through trash at a transfer station on Newbury Street in Peabody, CBS Boston reported. News footage taken by the station’s cameras showed investigators in protective gear looking through the waste. K-9 units were also observed.
Police searched a trash transfer station in Peabody in connection with Ana Walshe’s disappearance, WCVB reported on the evening of Jan. 9. Several people could be seen digging through trash at Republic Services Transfer Station on Forest Street.
The search also included a dumpster that was moved there from the Swampscott apartment complex where Brian Walshe’s mother lives, according to WCVB.
CNN reported on Jan. 9 that investigators found searches in Brian Walshe’s internet history for “how to dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body” and for information on how to dismember a body. A source told CNN that investigators received new information in days prior that made them switch their focus from a missing persons case to one revolving around the suspicion that Ana Walshe may have been killed.
After being arrested on Jan. 8 for misleading police, Brian Walshe was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Jan. 9. He pleaded not guilty and was held on $500,000 bail.
Prosecutors told a judge that investigators found blood and a bloody, damaged knife in the basement of Walshe’s Cohasset home. They also said that Walshe lied to police about his whereabouts on Jan. 1 and Jan 2., and that he was seen on security footage purchasing $450 of cleaning supplies from Home Depot, including mops, a bucket, and a tarp.
Below is a timeline with more details of the events surrounding the disappearance of Ana Walshe.
Ana Knipp, then using her maiden name, tells police in Washington, D.C. that Brian Walshe threatened over the phone to “kill her and her friends,” according to a police report obtained by Boston.com.
The case was closed due to Ana Walshe’s lack of cooperation with authorities, a police spokesperson said.
Brian Walshe pleads guilty to charges related to an attempt to scam a Los Angeles buyer using fake Andy Warhol paintings. Walshe initially acquired the real paintings from a friend in South Korea, and told the friend that he could sell them for a good price. The friend agreed, but was not able to contact Walshe afterwards.
A person in Los Angeles found the paintings listed on eBay in 2016, and agreed to buy them for $80,000. Once the paintings were transferred, the buyer examined them and found multiple indications that the paintings were not authentic. Walshe is awaiting sentencing.
Ana Walshe texts her mother, Milanka Ljubicic, and asks her to travel from Serbia to Washington, D.C. the next day.
“She just said, ‘Please, mama. Come tomorrow,’” Ljubicic said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “Which means, that clearly, there must have been some problems.”
Ljubicic says she cannot travel on such short notice, and suggests visiting on Jan. 5 or Jan. 6 instead. Ana Walshe tells her that she and her family are making plans to visit Serbia in February.
Ana Walshe plans to visit longtime friend Carrie Westbrook to see her new condo near Washington, D.C., The Boston Globe reported. Walshe texts Westbrook to say that she has to work late and will be delayed.
After two hours, Walshe tells Westbrook that her phone died and she could not use GPS to get directions, so she returned home. Walshe’s family has a home in Washington in addition to their Cohasset residence.
The two friends agree to reschedule their visit to Jan. 5, 2023.
Meanwhile, Brian Walshe searches Google for the phrase “What’s the best state to divorce for a man,” according to prosecutors.
Ana Walshe texts her friend Carrie Westbrook and tells her that she got a new SIM card for her phone and that the device was working properly again.
Ana Walshe reportedly tries calling her mother, Milanka Ljubicic, around midnight on New Year’s Eve. Ljubicic reportedly misses another call from her daughter around 1 a.m. Ana Walshe also reportedly tries to call her maid of honor and her older sister, but neither pick up.
Police are told that Ana Walshe was last seen by a family member around 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Police say she had a flight booked for Jan. 3, but were told that she had to fly down on Jan. 1 to handle an emergency at a property that she manages.
Walshe had bags with her as she left the house, and her husband was sleeping at the time, police are told. Her plan was supposedly to take a ride share to Logan Airport before flying to Washington. Police confirmed she never boarded a flight.
Brian Walshe allegedly uses his son’s iPad to make a series of chilling Google searches throughout the early morning hours and into the afternoon:
4:55 a.m.: “How long before a body starts to smell”
4:58 a.m.: “How to stop a body from decomposing”
5:20 a.m.: “How to embalm a body”
5:47 a.m.: “10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to”
6:25 a.m.: “How long for someone to be missing to inherit”
6:34 a.m.: “Can you throw away body parts”
9:29 a.m.: “What does formaldehyde do”
9:34 a.m.: “How long does DNA last”
9:59 a.m.: “Can identification be made on partial remains”
11:34 a.m.: “Dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of a body”
11:44 a.m.: “How to clean blood from wooden floor”
11:56 a.m.: “Luminol to detect blood”
1:08 p.m.: “What happens when you put body parts in ammonia”
1:21 p.m.: “Is it better to throw crime scene clothes away or wash them”
Ana Walshe’s cellphone is in use for the last time. No outgoing calls were made, and it is turned off at 3:14 a.m., according to prosecutors.
Brian Walshe allegedly searches Google for information about the disposal of dead bodies and getting away with murder:
12:45 p.m.: “Hacksaw best tool to dismember”
1:10 p.m.: “Can you be charged with murder without a body”
1:14 p.m.: “Can you identify a body with broken teeth”
Brian Walshe allegedly goes to Home Depot in Rockland to purchase about $450 worth of cleaning products, including mops, brushes, tape, a tarp, a Tyvek suit with boot covers, buckets, garments, and baking soda. He also allegedly purchases a hatchet. Video from the store shows Walshe wearing a black surgical mask and blue gloves while he paid for the supplies in cash, according to prosecutors.
Brian Walshe allegedly continues to search the internet for information on how dead bodies decompose:
1:02 p.m.: “What happens to hair on a dead body”
1:14 p.m.: “What is the rate of decomposition of a body found in a plastic bag compared to on a surface in the woods”
1:20 p.m.: “Can baking soda make a body smell good”
A man matching Brian Walshe’s appearance is recorded on surveillance video walking up to a dumpster at an apartment complex in Abington. The man is carrying a garbage bag, which appears to be heavy by how he tosses it into the dumpster, according to prosecutors. He then travels to other locations in Abington and Brockton, disposing of items in various dumpsters.
Ana Walshe is reported missing. Officials receive reports of her disappearance from her employer in Washington, D.C.
Brian Walshe allegedly goes to HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx in Norwell, where he purchases towels, bath mats, and men’s clothing. He then travels to a Lowe’s, and purchases squeegees and a trash can.
Cohasset police go to the Walshe family home for a well-being check. Officers see that the seats are down in the back of Brian Walshe’s Volvo, and that a plastic liner is laid in the car. Police also see dirt on the vehicle’s floor mats. The car’s carpet appears to show fresh vacuum streaks, according to prosecutors. An analysis later finds blood in the car.
Brian Walshe’s cell phone data shows that it traveled to a dumpster at his mother’s apartment complex in Swampscott around 9:30 a.m.
Cohasset police announce that Ana Walshe is missing. Authorities conduct a search of Walshe’s home on Chief Justice Cushing Highway in Cohasset and the surrounding areas. Detectives also investigate Walshe’s home in Washington. They do not find any signs of her. Police tell the public that Brian Walshe is cooperating with the investigation.
Police launch a search from the parking lot of a Stop & Shop near the Walshe’s Cohasset residence. Units from the Massachusetts State Police trained in search and rescue efforts comb the area, with assistance from three K-9 teams and the State Police Air Wing.
A fire breaks out at a home that Ana Walshe used to own. The property is located at 725 Jerusalem Road in Cohasset. Walshe bought it for $800,000 in 2020 and sold it for $1.385 million in March 2022, the Globe reported.
The fire on Jerusalem Road started near damaged piping close to a natural gas fireplace insert, Jake Wark, a spokesman for the state Department of Fire Services, told the Globe. Officials say the fire is not suspicious, and Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley says it is “a very strange coincidence.”
The search of Walshe’s Cohasset home and the surrounding areas launched Friday resumes again. Authorities search until around 4:30 p.m. Again, K-9 teams, the MSP Air Wing, and other specialized units assist in the search. Police divers search a small stream and a pool with “negative results.”
Police say that “the ground search will not resume unless police develop new information that so warrants it.”
Investigators return to Walshe’s Cohasset home. They begin working at about 9 a.m.
State Police K-9 units are once again involved. Police take photographs of a car parked near the home, according to Boston 25. Uniformed officers are seen carrying what appeared to be hiking gear as they emerge from a wooded area near the house.
A drone hovers over the property Sunday afternoon. An investigator is seen carrying a large plastic container out of the house Sunday evening, according to the Globe. Around 7 p.m., an investigator is seen shining their flashlight at the front of the building, scanning the siding and roofline for about a minute.
Police find blood and two knives, one of which was bloody and damaged, in the home, prosecutors later say. They also recover a heavy-duty, large tarp and plastic liners that were purchased at Home Depot.
Police arrest Brian Walshe for misleading a police investigation. Authorities said that, as they conducted their investigation, they had probable cause to believe that he misled investigators. WCVB cameras capture police leading Brian Walshe into the Cohasset Police Department in handcuffs.
Brian Walshe is arraigned in Quincy District Court. Prosecutors say that police found both blood and a bloody, damaged knife in the basement of the Walshe family home in Cohasset.
Prosecutors say Walshe misled investigators by saying that, on Jan. 1, he went to visit his mother in Swampscott but got lost. Walshe also allegedly told police that he shopped at a Whole Foods and CVS, but police could not find receipts or surveillance footage that corroborated this.
When investigators asked Walshe about his actions on Jan. 2, he allegedly told them that he only left the house to take one of his young sons to get ice cream. Instead, prosecutors said that he went to a Home Depot in Rockland to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of cleaning supplies.
Ana Walshe was not reported missing until Jan. 4, giving her husband time to “clean up, to dispose of evidence,” Norfolk First Assistant District Attorney Lynn M. Beland said in court.
Beland asks a judge to set Walshe’s bail at $500,000.
Tracy Miner, Walshe’s lawyer, tells a judge that he has been “incredibly cooperative,” and asked that Beland’s bail request be rejected because Walshe has not been charged with murder.
A judge sets bail at $500,000.
Investigators find a number of suspicious items while searching through trash north of Boston. They investigate dumpsters in Swampscott near the home of Brian Walshe’s mother, and a transfer station in Peabody.
Investigators recover a total of 10 trash bags in Peabody. They find towels, rags, slippers, tape, a Tyvek suit, gloves, cleaning agents, carpets, rugs, Hunter boots, a COVID-19 vaccine card in the name of Ana Walshe, a hacksaw, a hatchet, and some cutting shears, according to prosecutors.
The boots are consistent with those that Ana Walshe was last seen wearing, and a portion of a necklace police found is consistent with one that Ana Walshe had been seen wearing in photos.
Testing at the state’s forensics lab later determines that these items had human blood on them.
Later, analysts also find DNA from both Brian and Ana Walshe on slippers and on the Tyvek suit, prosecutors said. Investigators also found Ana Walshe’s DNA on tissues taken from the bags.
Investigators complete the search and processing of the Walshe family home in Cohasset.
Brian Walshe is charged with the murder of his wife, Ana Walshe, and disinterring a body.
“A continued investigation has now allowed police to obtain an arrest warrant charging Brian Walshe with the murder of his wife,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey says in a statement.
Brian Walshe is arraigned in Quincy District Court. He pleads not guilty and is ordered to be held without bail.
He does not speak except to say “I do” when asked if he understood the charges against him. Brian Walshe shakes his head when a prosecutor mentions the search for information on embalming.
A status hearing is set for Feb. 9.
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