COHASSET, MA– Blood and a knife were found in the basement of the home of a missing Massachusetts woman shortly after her husband bought hundreds of dollars worth of cleaning supplies, prosecutors said in court Monday.
Ana Walshe, 39, was last seen at her home in Cohasset early Sunday morning. According to police, her cell phone and her credit and debit cards have been inactive since that day.
According to Cohasset and Massachusetts state police, her husband, 46-year-old Brian Walshe, was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with misleading a police investigation.
Brian Walshe, 47, was charged Monday where he pleaded not guilty to misleading a police investigation. Prosecutors told the court that Walshe’s statements about his activities in the days following his wife’s disappearance did not match what investigators found.
Prosecutors said those activities included a trip to a local hardware store to purchase a tarp and cleaning supplies. Investigators also said they found a knife and blood in the basement area of the family home.
The judge ordered Walshe held on $500,000 bail or $5 million bail while the investigation into his wife’s disappearance continues.
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Ana Walshe was reported missing Wednesday by her husband and her employer, who is based in Washington, DC, WCVB reported.
Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley said the family owned a townhouse in the nation’s capital, but noted that the DC Metropolitan Police Department searched the home and found no sign of Walshe there.
“She works in DC, and it’s not uncommon for her to work late and not contact the home,” Quigley said.
Friends said Walshe commutes to Washington during the weekday to work at real estate firm Tishman Speyer, a job she started last year. She is active on social media but friends say those accounts went silent on Sunday when she was due to catch a flight.
“She is a loving and loyal wife and mother of three beautiful boys,” said Alissa Kirby, a friend. “She loves her family and I know in my heart that once elected she would not go a day without speaking to her husband and children.”
On Friday, the Massachusetts State Police Special Emergency Response Team and a regional police team spent much of the day searching the area near Walshe’s home on Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Route 3A). The search was called off for the night around 6:30 p.m. after officers covered an area of about a square mile.
The search for Walshe in the area continued between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday. Cohasset Police said two other sectors would be searched Saturday with the help of K-9 officers.
At around 1.45pm on Saturday, a group was spotted emptying and cleaning the swimming pool at Walshe’s home in Cohasset. At least one police officer appeared to be digging up old leaves lying at the bottom of the in-ground pool.
While police were searching for Walshe on Friday, a fire broke out at her former home on Block 700 of Jerusalem Road in Cohasset. Officials said the home’s current occupants were the ones who called 911 when the fire broke out. A source said that address was the house where Walshe lived until recently. Zillow shows the property was last sold on March 17, 2022.
Firefighters said they worked about an hour to put out the blazes. Most of their work had to be done from the outside for safety reasons, including a partial roof collapse.
Three adults and a baby safely exited the home, officials said.
Quigley acknowledged the link and said any possible connection between Walshe’s disappearance and the fire was being investigated.
On Saturday, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services — also known as the State Fire Marshal’s Office — said Cohasset and state investigators determined the fire at Walshe’s former home was not suspicious.
The DFS spokesman said the fire started in the area of a damaged pipe connected to a natural gas fireplace insert.
A family member told police that Walshe was scheduled to take a ride to Boston Logan International Airport on Sunday; However, officials confirmed with the airlines that Walshe did not board a plane this week.
“It was reported that she was called to DC to deal with an emergency at one of the properties she manages. So she tried to go to DC (on New Year’s Day),” Quigley said. “She had a flight booked for January 3, but she never boarded that flight.”
State police are searching an area off Route 3A in connection with the case. Quigley said Walshe’s husband, friends, family and employers have been cooperative with the investigation.
“Life is challenging sometimes. She has young children – eldest is 6 and youngest 2 – the holidays, works out of state – sometimes life gets messy and there can be times when she needs a break and when that is the case we need one Call from her or someone who spoke to her,” Quigley said.
Police said Walshe is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion.
Walshe speaks with an Eastern European accent, police said.
Anyone with information on Walshe’s whereabouts is urged to contact Det. Harrison Schmidt at 781-383-1055 extension 6108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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