Brian Walshe, Massachusetts – A top prosecutor announced on Tuesday that a Massachusetts man who was already accused of deceiving detectives in the hunt for his missing wife has now been charged with murder in connection with her abduction. Brian Walshe, 47, who has pleaded not guilty to the misleading allegation and is being jailed on a $500,000 bond, will be arraigned on the more serious accusation on Wednesday, according to Norfolk district attorney Michael Morrissey in a video statement.
He made no mention of the supporting documentation for the murder accusation. Morrissey stated, “At the arraignment, more specifics of the investigation and the evidence that supported those charges are anticipated to be revealed, but will not be publicized at this time. The person who answered the phone at Walshe’s legal counsel Tracy Miner’s office stated that Miner would not comment. Miner received a comment-request email. Her client, according to her, has cooperated with the inquiry, she has previously stated.
Police and prosecutors claim that Walshe’s wife, Ana Walshe, 39, was last seen leaving their home in the early morning hours of January 1 to allegedly take a ride-hailing vehicle to Logan international airport in preparation for a flight to Washington, DC. Cohasset is a wealthy coastal community south of Boston. However, authorities have uncovered no proof that she recently left Logan in a car or on an aircraft. Ana Walshe’s employer in DC, where the couple owns a house and where she sometimes goes throughout the week for work at a real estate business, reported her missing a few days later, according to investigators.
Police reported that neither her credit nor debit cards had been used, nor had her telephone. Authorities investigated the house of the family as well as a nearby forested area. Three little children belong to the couple. The day after his wife was last seen, Brian Walshe was shown on security footage purchasing $450 worth of cleaning goods at a home improvement store, according to the prosecution’s testimony in court. In the couple’s basement, police also discovered a broken knife and blood, according to the prosecution, but they would not specify whose blood it was.
Additionally, last week, investigators spent time examining a landfill and a condominium complex north of Boston where Brian Walshe’s mother resides. They discovered things there that may be relevant to the inquiry. According to federal court documents, Brian Walshe was on home confinement while awaiting punishment in a fraud case involving the sale of bogus Andy Warhol artworks. The case involving her husband and Ana Walshe’s disappearance, according to Cohasset police, appears to be unconnected.