Brian Walshe is expected to be arraigned in court on Wednesday after being accused of murdering his wife Ana Walshe, a Massachusetts mother and corporate real estate manager who had been missing since New Years.
Brian Walshe, 47, has been in jail since January 8, when he was arrested and charged with misleading investigators, to which he pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors accused Walshe of intentionally delaying investigators to cover up the evidence, alleging that he lied about some of his actions in the days following his wife’s disappearance.
Evidence supporting the murder charge against Walshe is likely to be presented in court on Wednesday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said. He declined to share more details.
The husband, who is being held at a Norfolk County penitentiary, will be taken to Quincy District Court for arraignment, which could begin as early as 9 am, the district attorney’s office said.
A lawyer for Brian Walshe declined to comment on Tuesday.
Since Ana Walshe’s employer reported her missing on Jan. 4, authorities have searched the couple’s home, conducted a comprehensive search of the town of Cohasset and combed through dumpsters for any sign of what happened to the 39-year-old mother of three. years old.
The searches turned up a lot of potential evidence, including a saw and apparent bloodstains at a garbage collection site and searches of Brian Walshe’s internet records on how to dismember and dispose of a body, law enforcement sources told CNN.
And although prosecutors say police found bloodstains and a broken, bloody knife in the couple’s basement, authorities have yet to announce the discovery of Ana Walshe’s body.
Ana Walshe’s friend and former colleague, Pamela Bardhi, told CNN she felt anger and relief hearing investigators believe her friend was murdered.
“I had a horrible feeling and I prayed I was wrong,” she said on Tuesday. “I prayed that wasn’t the case. And here we are finding out a few hours ago that there is a murder charge… This is some heavy, heavy stuff”,
Although Bardhi is scared to know the details of the case, she said she hopes the truth will come out.
“I think the truth is a true double-edged sword. It’s painful to know, but it’s necessary,” she said. “I think these kids deserve to know what happened to their mother, no matter what, and their family and their friends.”
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.
So far, a number of possible pieces of evidence have surfaced in Ana Walshe’s disappearance, including allegedly false statements by her husband to police and various items found in and around the small coastal town of Cohasset.
Brian Walshe told police he last saw his wife on the morning of Jan. 1, when she left for a work trip to Washington, DC, according to a police affidavit. The husband said he spent the rest of the day running errands for his mother and spent January 2nd with the kids.
However, prosecutors say there is no evidence that Ana Walshe took her usual ride or taxi to the airport, or that she took a flight or arrived in DC. Her phone also rang near the couple’s home during the night of January 1st to 2nd.
Furthermore, investigators allege that Brian Walshe never ran errands for his mother on New Year’s Day and is said to have made an undisclosed trip to the Home Depot on Jan. 2, where prosecutors say he spent about $450 on cleaning supplies including mops, a bucket and tarps.
On Jan. 4, Ana Walshe’s employer, real estate agent Tishman Speyer, called police to report her missing, according to investigators. A Cohasset police record obtained by CNN reads: “The company contacted the husband. He did not file a police report.” Brian Walshe’s defense attorney, Tracy Miner, said she called his wife’s place of work before reporting her missing to say she hadn’t heard from his wife.
Several items were collected when investigators conducted searches north of Boston and were sent to be tested as possible evidence, the Norfolk District Attorney said, declining to provide details.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that investigators found a saw, torn cloth and apparent bloodstains at a Boston-area garbage collection site.
A bloody knife and bloodstains were also found in the couple’s basement, prosecutor Lynn Beland said. In addition, the husband’s internet logs show searches for “how to dispose of a 250-pound body of a woman” and how to dismember a body, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
The charges against Brian Walshe for his wife’s disappearance are the latest in a series of legal problems for the husband.
In 2021, he pleaded guilty to three federal counts of fraud related to a scheme to sell fake Andy Warhol art online. He was placed under house arrest pending sentencing and was required to get approval to leave the house for specific activities at specific times.
Investigators allege that Brian Walshe made several unauthorized trips in the week following his wife’s disappearance, which may be a violation of the terms of his house arrest, a police affidavit says.
Additionally, a police report obtained by CNN shows that Ana Walshe reported that someone threatened to “kill (her) and her friend” in 2014. Brian Walshe was the person involved in the report, a spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department confirmed. A.D.
The case was closed because the victim refused to cooperate with the prosecution, police said.
In 2019, a relative and family friends also painted Walshe as violent and untrustworthy during a legal battle over his father’s estate. In depositions filed in the case, two friends of Brian Walshe’s father accused Walshe of financial misconduct and called him “a sociopath.”
CNN reached out to Brian Walshe’s current and former attorneys, but did not hear back.
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