QUINCY, Mass. – The husband of Ana Walshe, a mother of three who disappeared earlier this month, now faces a murder charge in connection with his wife’s death, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey.
Brian Walshe, 47, is due to be indicted Wednesday morning in Quincy District Court on a charge of murder in the death of Ana Walshe, 39, Morrissey said in a video released shortly before 3 pm on Tuesday. Law enforcement sources tell the Boston 25 News that Walshe will also be charged with improperly transporting a body.
He is currently housed at the Norfolk County House of Correction.
Investigators have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Brian Walshe for the murder of Ana, who has been missing from Cohasset since New Year’s Day.
Evidence in support of the murder charge will likely be disclosed in Brian Walshe’s indictment, Morrissey said.
This marks Norfolk County’s second domestic violence homicide claim in less than a month. Victor Carter, 39, was indicted Tuesday in Stoughton District Court on a murder charge in the death of Amber Buckner, 40, who was found in a shed behind her home on Park Street in Stoughton in mid-December. .
“Our thoughts are with the family these crimes left behind,” said Morrissey.
It is still unclear if Ana’s remains have been located.
Brian pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he misled police officers who have been working tirelessly to track his wife’s whereabouts. Local authorities on Tuesday released a pair of photos of Brian Walshe that were taken at the Lynn Police Department after federal agents raided his home in May 2018.
Ana spent New Year’s Eve with her husband and three children at their home in Cohasset. She was due to go to Logan Airport early on New Year’s Day, around 4:30 am, to go to her second home in Washington DC, where she spent her weekdays working as regional general manager for Tishman Speyer real estate.
Police said Brian first told investigators that she potentially took a ride home to Logan. However, the police never found any evidence that she arrived at the airport and her cell phone, credit and debit cards were inactive since her disappearance.
Cohasset Police and State Police searched the woods around Walshe’s home on January 6 and later returned with a warrant to search the home less than 48 hours later. Prosecutors say the search led to the discovery of a knife covered in blood in the basement of the house.
Before Ana was reported missing by Brian, investigators say he was seen on video at the Home Depot in Rockland wearing a black surgical mask and blue surgical gloves making a cash transaction. He is said to have purchased a tarp, mops, duct tape and other cleaning supplies.
Subsequent clues uncovered by investigators led them to the North Shore, where a saw and a rug covered in blood were found at a transfer station in Peabody.
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