Brian Walshe arraigned on murder charge in disappearance of Cohasset wife Ana Walshe – WCVB Boston

The husband of a Massachusetts woman who’s been missing since New Year’s Day conducted a series of gruesome internet searches about ways dismember and dispose of a body in the hours and days after she disappeared, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.Brian Walshe, the husband of missing Cohasset woman Ana Walshe and who has already been charged with misleading investigators in the search for the mother of three, was arraigned in court Wednesday on charges of murder and improper transport of a body.Ana Walshe, 39, was last seen more than two weeks ago, on New Year’s Day, and was reported missing by her employer a few days later. Her body has not been found. Brian Walshe, 47, was escorted just after 8 a.m. into Quincy District Court to be arraigned on the new charges. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and he was held without bail. Case background:Ana Walshe was reported missing on Jan. 4 but hasn’t been seen since New Year’s Day.Her husband, Brian Walshe, was originally arrested on Jan. 8 on the charge of misleading a police investigation.Brian Walshe was charged with Ana Walshe’s murder on Jan. 18.Brian Walshe is also awaiting sentencing in a federal case involving fake Andy Warhol paintings and was supposed to report his planned movements.Investigators say they found video of him making an unplanned trip to a hardware store, where he bought $450 worth of cleaning supplies in cash. Another video showed him purchasing rugs at another store.Prosecutors said blood and a knife with blood on it were found in the basement of the home the Walshe family was renting.Ten bags of evidence found during a search at a transfer station in Peabody included Ana Walshe’s COVID-19 vaccination card, a necklace matching one she was known to wear, a hacksaw and a hatchet. Many of the items had blood on them and were connected to the Walshes through DNA. Grisly internet searches allegedly conducted by Brian Walshe in the days after the woman’s disappearance included queries about disposing of a body, dismembering a body and body decomposition, the prosecution said.The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the couple’s three children.During his murder arraignment, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland outlined a series of grisly Google searches allegedly conducted by Brian Walshe on his son’s iPad and on his own cellphone in the days after the woman’s disappearance that included queries about disposing of a body, dismembering a body, body decomposition, how to mask the smell of a decomposing body and how to clean up blood.”It is believed that Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discarded her body,” Beland said.Prosecutors alleged Brian Walshe dumped bags containing his wife’s body and other evidence in several dumpsters, including in Abington where he was captured on surveillance.”He walks to the dumpster carrying garbage bag. He’s leaning. It appears to be heavy as he appears to heft it into the dumpster,” Beland said.Video Below: Prosecutor reveals evidence against Brian WalsheBeland said it’s believed that Ana Walshe’s remains ended up at multiple transfer stations across eastern Massachusetts, and some were destroyed or incinerated before investigators searched those sites. But multiple plastic bags containing DNA and other evidence were located in a dumpster from Swampscott and searched at a Peabody transfer station, Beland said.”However, investigators did secure and search the dumpsters from defendant’s mother’s complex. And once again, it was searched at a transfer station in Peabody. Investigators recovered 10 trash bags,” Beland said. “Many of these items contain stains consistent with blood. In fact, a lot among the items secured were towels, rags, slippers, tape, pillows, cleaning agents, carpets, rugs.”Video Below: Lawyer: ‘Very strong case of circumstantial evidence’Beland said Ana Walshe’s DNA was also found on a Tyvek suit that Brian Walshe was seen purchasing at a local Home Depot after her disappearance. Ana Walshe’s COVID-19 vaccination card, the clothes she was last seen wearing, a necklace she was known to wear, a hacksaw and a hatchet were also located at the site.“On Dec. 27, the defendant Googled, ‘What’s the best state to divorce for a man.’ Rather than divorce, it is believed Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discard her body,” Beland said. The defense said the case will be tried and decided in court, not in the media or court of public opinion. “I am not going to comment on the evidence. First, because I am going to try this case in the court and not in the media. Second, because I haven’t been provided with any evidence by the prosecution. In my experience, where, as here, the prosecution leaks so called evidence to the press before they provide it to me, their case isn’t that strong. When they have a strong case, they give me everything as soon as possible,” defense attorney Tracy Miner said in a written statement. “We shall see what they have and what evidence is admissible in court, where the case will ultimately be decided.”Video Below: Brian Walshe arrives at Quincy courtBrian Walshe was arrested Jan. 8, one week after his wife disappeared, and charged with misleading the investigation. He has been held on high bail since, and the couple’s children are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.5 Investigates was the first to report the upgraded charges that were filed Tuesday by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.Additionally, Brian Walshe is awaiting sentencing in an unrelated federal case involving fake Andy Warhol paintings.Video below: DA announces murder charge against Brian WalsheAna Walshe was reported missing on Jan. 4 by her employer, Washington, D.C.-based real estate company Tishman Speyer. Beland said Ana Walshe had a plane ticket for Jan. 3 that she did not use and did not show up at the airport.Brian Walshe told investigators Ana Walshe left in a rideshare in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 to go to Logan Airport for a flight to Washington, D.C. He also said later that day he got lost on the way to his mother’s home and went to two stores. Brian Walshe said he was without his phone that day.Brian Walshe said he only left the couple’s home on Jan. 2 to get ice cream or a smoothie for his son at Press Juice Bar in Norwell. Surveillance video obtained from Press by NewsCenter 5 shows Walshe inside the juice bar the morning of Jan. 2.But surveillance video at Home Depot in Rockland showed him purchasing cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and drop cloths and various kinds of tape, officials said. A police report revealed that he wore a surgical mask and gloves at the store, and used cash to pay for the $450 purchase.He initially did not disclose the trip to Home Depot to investigators, prosecutors said.Police also found that Walshe’s phone traveled to Brockton and Abington, communities that he did not request to visit or had been approved to visit — a condition of his release while he awaited sentencing in the Warhol case. Video below: Lawyer: How can there be murder charge without a body?Last week, 5 Investigates learned of a police complaint filed by Ana Walshe prior to her marriage to Brian Walshe, revealing trouble between the couple as far back as the summer of 2014.According to a public incident report filed in Washington, D.C., Ana Knipp – her name from her first marriage – told Metropolitan Police Department that Brian Walshe, “made a statement over the telephone that he was going to kill (Ana) and her friend.”The police incident report dated Aug. 2, 2014, does not specifically name Brian Walshe, but police confirm to 5 Investigates’ Karen Anderson that he is the person associated with that complaint.Police said that the investigation into potential offenses described as felony threats in the incident report was closed because Ana Walshe never cooperated with the investigation. No charges were ever filed. Ana Walshe — who was born in Belgrade, Serbia — was working at a deluxe hotel in Lenox when she met Brian Walshe — the son of a physician who attended boarding schools and top universities — in 2008.The couple married in 2015 and have three sons, ages 2, 4 and 6.Ana Walshe was a dual citizen of Serbia and the United States, and still has family who live in Serbia.Video Below: History of murder cases without bodies in Mass.

The husband of a Massachusetts woman who’s been missing since New Year’s Day conducted a series of gruesome internet searches about ways dismember and dispose of a body in the hours and days after she disappeared, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

Brian Walshe, the husband of missing Cohasset woman Ana Walshe and who has already been charged with misleading investigators in the search for the mother of three, was arraigned in court Wednesday on charges of murder and improper transport of a body.

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Ana Walshe, 39, was last seen more than two weeks ago, on New Year’s Day, and was reported missing by her employer a few days later. Her body has not been found.

Brian Walshe, 47, was escorted just after 8 a.m. into Quincy District Court to be arraigned on the new charges. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and he was held without bail.


Case background:

  • Ana Walshe was reported missing on Jan. 4 but hasn’t been seen since New Year’s Day.
  • Her husband, Brian Walshe, was originally arrested on Jan. 8 on the charge of misleading a police investigation.
  • Brian Walshe was charged with Ana Walshe’s murder on Jan. 18.
  • Brian Walshe is also awaiting sentencing in a federal case involving fake Andy Warhol paintings and was supposed to report his planned movements.
  • Investigators say they found video of him making an unplanned trip to a hardware store, where he bought $450 worth of cleaning supplies in cash. Another video showed him purchasing rugs at another store.
  • Prosecutors said blood and a knife with blood on it were found in the basement of the home the Walshe family was renting.
  • Ten bags of evidence found during a search at a transfer station in Peabody included Ana Walshe’s COVID-19 vaccination card, a necklace matching one she was known to wear, a hacksaw and a hatchet. Many of the items had blood on them and were connected to the Walshes through DNA.
  • Grisly internet searches allegedly conducted by Brian Walshe in the days after the woman’s disappearance included queries about disposing of a body, dismembering a body and body decomposition, the prosecution said.
  • The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the couple’s three children.

During his murder arraignment, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland outlined a series of grisly Google searches allegedly conducted by Brian Walshe on his son’s iPad and on his own cellphone in the days after the woman’s disappearance that included queries about disposing of a body, dismembering a body, body decomposition, how to mask the smell of a decomposing body and how to clean up blood.

“It is believed that Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discarded her body,” Beland said.

Prosecutors alleged Brian Walshe dumped bags containing his wife’s body and other evidence in several dumpsters, including in Abington where he was captured on surveillance.

“He walks to the dumpster carrying garbage bag. He’s leaning. It appears to be heavy as he appears to heft it into the dumpster,” Beland said.

Video Below: Prosecutor reveals evidence against Brian Walshe

Beland said it’s believed that Ana Walshe’s remains ended up at multiple transfer stations across eastern Massachusetts, and some were destroyed or incinerated before investigators searched those sites. But multiple plastic bags containing DNA and other evidence were located in a dumpster from Swampscott and searched at a Peabody transfer station, Beland said.

“However, investigators did secure and search the dumpsters from defendant’s mother’s complex. And once again, it was searched at a transfer station in Peabody. Investigators recovered 10 trash bags,” Beland said. “Many of these items contain stains consistent with blood. In fact, a lot among the items secured were towels, rags, slippers, tape, pillows, cleaning agents, carpets, rugs.”

Video Below: Lawyer: ‘Very strong case of circumstantial evidence’

Beland said Ana Walshe’s DNA was also found on a Tyvek suit that Brian Walshe was seen purchasing at a local Home Depot after her disappearance. Ana Walshe’s COVID-19 vaccination card, the clothes she was last seen wearing, a necklace she was known to wear, a hacksaw and a hatchet were also located at the site.

“On Dec. 27, the defendant Googled, ‘What’s the best state to divorce for a man.’ Rather than divorce, it is believed Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walshe and discard her body,” Beland said.

brian walshe booking photo from cohasset police

Cohasset Police

The defense said the case will be tried and decided in court, not in the media or court of public opinion.

“I am not going to comment on the evidence. First, because I am going to try this case in the court and not in the media. Second, because I haven’t been provided with any evidence by the prosecution. In my experience, where, as here, the prosecution leaks so called evidence to the press before they provide it to me, their case isn’t that strong. When they have a strong case, they give me everything as soon as possible,” defense attorney Tracy Miner said in a written statement. “We shall see what they have and what evidence is admissible in court, where the case will ultimately be decided.”

Video Below: Brian Walshe arrives at Quincy court

Brian Walshe was arrested Jan. 8, one week after his wife disappeared, and charged with misleading the investigation. He has been held on high bail since, and the couple’s children are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

5 Investigates was the first to report the upgraded charges that were filed Tuesday by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Additionally, Brian Walshe is awaiting sentencing in an unrelated federal case involving fake Andy Warhol paintings.

Video below: DA announces murder charge against Brian Walshe

Ana Walshe was reported missing on Jan. 4 by her employer, Washington, D.C.-based real estate company Tishman Speyer. Beland said Ana Walshe had a plane ticket for Jan. 3 that she did not use and did not show up at the airport.

Brian Walshe told investigators Ana Walshe left in a rideshare in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 to go to Logan Airport for a flight to Washington, D.C. He also said later that day he got lost on the way to his mother’s home and went to two stores. Brian Walshe said he was without his phone that day.

Brian Walshe said he only left the couple’s home on Jan. 2 to get ice cream or a smoothie for his son at Press Juice Bar in Norwell. Surveillance video obtained from Press by NewsCenter 5 shows Walshe inside the juice bar the morning of Jan. 2.

But surveillance video at Home Depot in Rockland showed him purchasing cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and drop cloths and various kinds of tape, officials said. A police report revealed that he wore a surgical mask and gloves at the store, and used cash to pay for the $450 purchase.

He initially did not disclose the trip to Home Depot to investigators, prosecutors said.

Police also found that Walshe’s phone traveled to Brockton and Abington, communities that he did not request to visit or had been approved to visit — a condition of his release while he awaited sentencing in the Warhol case.

Video below: Lawyer: How can there be murder charge without a body?

Last week, 5 Investigates learned of a police complaint filed by Ana Walshe prior to her marriage to Brian Walshe, revealing trouble between the couple as far back as the summer of 2014.

According to a public incident report filed in Washington, D.C., Ana Knipp – her name from her first marriage – told Metropolitan Police Department that Brian Walshe, “made a statement over the telephone that he was going to kill (Ana) and her friend.”

The police incident report dated Aug. 2, 2014, does not specifically name Brian Walshe, but police confirm to 5 Investigates’ Karen Anderson that he is the person associated with that complaint.

Police said that the investigation into potential offenses described as felony threats in the incident report was closed because Ana Walshe never cooperated with the investigation. No charges were ever filed.

Ana Walshe — who was born in Belgrade, Serbia — was working at a deluxe hotel in Lenox when she met Brian Walshe — the son of a physician who attended boarding schools and top universities — in 2008.

The couple married in 2015 and have three sons, ages 2, 4 and 6.

Ana Walshe was a dual citizen of Serbia and the United States, and still has family who live in Serbia.

Video Below: History of murder cases without bodies in Mass.

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