An arrest warrant charging Brian Walshe with murder was issued Tuesday in the death of his wife Ana Walshe, a Massachusetts mother of three who had been missing since New Year’s Eve, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey announced.
Walshe, 47, pleaded not guilty last week to misleading investigators about his actions around the time his wife disappeared. He is being held at the Norfolk County Correctional Home and will be transported to Quincy District Court to be indicted on the murder charge on Wednesday, Morrissey said.
“Further details on the investigation and the evidence in support of these allegations will likely be presented in the indictment, but will not be released at this time,” the prosecutor said.
A lawyer for Brian Walshe declined to comment.
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The arrest warrant comes more than two weeks after Ana Walshe was reported missing from her workplace, spurring investigators to launch a massive search for her whereabouts.
Police found possible grim evidence: blood and a bloody knife in the basement of the family’s Cohasset home, according to prosecutors; Brian Walshe’s Internet logs showing research on how to dismember and dispose of a body, according to law enforcement sources; and a saw and apparent bloodstains at a garbage collection site, police sources said.
According to police, he told investigators that he last saw his wife early on Jan. 1, when she left their Cohasset home in a hitchhike or taxi to go to the airport and catch a flight to Washington, DC for her real estate work. He said he ran errands for his mother in nearby Swampscott later that day and went for ice cream with one of his children the next day.
However, prosecutors said there was no evidence that Ana Walshe asked for a ride or arrived at the airport, and in a criminal affidavit, police said there was no evidence that he ran errands for his mother on New Year’s Day. . Prosecutors discovered surveillance video showing Brian Walshe at a Home Depot purchasing $450 worth of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and tarps, in cash on Jan. 2.
The statement describes Brian Walshe’s statements to police as a “clear attempt to mislead and delay investigators”. Prosecutor Lynn Beland said in court last week that his statements “gave him time to clean up the evidence (or) discard the evidence”.
Her place of employment, Tishman Speyer, reported her missing on January 4 after she failed to show up for work. According to Brian Walshe’s defense attorney, Tracy Miner, he called her workplace to ask if they knew her whereabouts prior to the workplace calling the police. Miner also said that her client “has been incredibly cooperative”.
The murder warrant follows a series of tumultuous legal issues for Brian Walshe.
In 2021, he pleaded guilty to three federal counts of fraud related to a 2018 scheme to sell fake Andy Warhol artwork online. He has been under house arrest and monitoring ever since, as part of his pre-sentencing conditions.
Also in 2018, her father Dr. Thomas Walshe, died, leading to a long legal battle over his estate. In court documents, people close to the family accused Brian Walshe of financial misconduct, described him as an angry and violent person and said he had been diagnosed as a sociopath.
“He had a serious falling out with his son,” Andrew Walshe, the executor of the estate, said of Dr. Walshe with Brian. “Brian absconded with a significant amount of his money; he has had almost no contact with Brian R. Walshe in the last ten years or so.
Additionally, Ana Walshe told police in 2014 that someone threatened to “kill (her) and her friend,” according to an incident report CNN obtained from the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. A department spokesman confirmed that Brian Walshe was the person involved in the report.
The complaint was made by Ana Walshe – then Ana Knipp – when she resided in DC. The case was later closed because the victim refused to cooperate with the prosecution, the spokesperson said.
The couple’s three children, all ages 2 to 6, are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a spokesperson said.
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