Husband of missing Cohasset woman Ana Walshe charged with murder – WCVB Boston

Brian Walshe, the husband of missing Cohasset mother Ana Walshe, now faces a murder charge in connection with her disappearance.Ana Walshe was last seen more than two weeks ago, on New Year’s Day, and was reported missing a few days later. The upgraded charges were filed Tuesday by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. “A continued investigation has now allowed police to obtain an arrest warrant to charge Brian Walsh with the murder of his wife,” Morrissey said. Walshe is expected to be taken to Quincy District Court where he will be arraigned Wednesday. Brian Walshe was originally arrested one week later on the charge of misleading the investigation and has been held on high bail ever since. Meanwhile, several search efforts have yielded evidence.”Additional details in the investigation and the evidence in support of those charges are likely to be presented at arraignment, but will not be disclosed at this time,” Morrissey said. Video below: DA announces murder charge against Brian WalsheCase 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 Jan. 8, on the charge of misleading a police investigation. 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.Prosecutors said blood and a knife with blood on it were found in the basement of the home the Walshe family was renting. The DA’s office said that search and processing efforts at the home concluded on Tuesday afternoon. Items found during a search at a transfer station in Peabody include a hacksaw and rug with blood on it, 5 Investigates has learned. The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the couple’s three children. On Friday, search warrants related to the search for missing Massachusetts mother Ana Walshe were returned to Quincy District Court, where the documents were impounded, 5 Investigates has learned.Between 10 and 20 of the documents were returned. While these files were not made public, they typically include affidavits from police officers describing why they think a crime occurred and why they should have permission to search private property in connection with that investigation.Brian Walshe has been in custody since Jan. 8, and the couple’s children are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.Last week, we 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, DC, 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 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. Linda Bucci, a former prosecutor, said the district attorney’s office continues to gather all kinds of evidence and will likely present that evidence to a grand jury that will attempt to show a motive on what happened to Ana Walshe.”They have to prove that she’s gone and connect her to it somehow,” Bucci said. “Like, that she didn’t just take a walk or is visiting somebody or ran away. So they have to prove she’s dead and they have to prove that she didn’t accidentally die.”Prosecutors could bring a formal complaint to the district court for a murder charge or wait for that grand jury to formally indict Brian Walshe, who is currently being held on high bail after being charged with misleading a police investigation.”They have evidence,” Bucci said. “They might have spoken to him. He might have given them evidence. So, they’re on their way, but they’re not there yet.”Days of searching for evidence at the home the family rented in Cohasset came to a close on Tuesday. During that effort, prosecutors said blood and a knife were found in the basement.Additionally, the investigation has included searches of a transfer station in Peabody and a waste-to-energy facility in East Wareham. 5 Investigates has learned that evidence found at the transfer station, near the home of Brian Walshe’s mother, included a hacksaw and a rug with blood on it. Ana Walshe, a 39-year-old mother of three, was reported missing on Jan. 4 by her employer, Washington, D.C.-based real estate company Tishman Speyer.”Police were notified around Jan. 4 by her employees in Washington, D.C., that she had not shown up for work on Jan. 4. That was the first time that (anyone) was notified that she was missing,” Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland said in court on Monday. “She actually had a plane ticket for Jan. 3 that she did not use and did not show up at the airport.”Brian Walshe is awaiting sentencing in a federal case involving fake Andy Warhol paintings, and he is supposed to request permission to leave his home and specify the time required for each trip. Prosecutors said that investigators could not substantiate his claims of getting lost on the way to his mother’s home or going to two stores on Jan. 1. Brian Walshe said he was without his phone that day.Brian Walshe also reported that 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.However, surveillance video at Home Depot in Rockland showed him purchasing the 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 purchase.Police also found that Walshe’s phone traveled to Brockton and Abington, communities where he is not approved to travel.A defense attorney said her client has been “incredibly cooperative” with police. “He is not charged with murder. He’s charged with misleading investigators by not saying, as I understand it, if he went to a Home Depot,” Walshe’s attorney said.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 young sons together, ages 2, 4 and 6. Ana Walshe is now a dual citizen of Serbia and the United States. She still has family members who live in Serbia.Police said Ana Walshe is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion and speaks with an eastern European accent.Anyone with information about Ana Walshe’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Harrison Schmidt at 781-383-1055 extension 6108 or email hschmidt@cohassetpolice.com.Cohasset police have also set up a new email for tips at tips@cohassetpolice.com.Ana Walshe’s body has not been located.

Brian Walshe, the husband of missing Cohasset mother Ana Walshe, now faces a murder charge in connection with her disappearance.

Ana Walshe was last seen more than two weeks ago, on New Year’s Day, and was reported missing a few days later. The upgraded charges were filed Tuesday by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

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“A continued investigation has now allowed police to obtain an arrest warrant to charge Brian Walsh with the murder of his wife,” Morrissey said.

Walshe is expected to be taken to Quincy District Court where he will be arraigned Wednesday.

Brian Walshe was originally arrested one week later on the charge of misleading the investigation and has been held on high bail ever since. Meanwhile, several search efforts have yielded evidence.

“Additional details in the investigation and the evidence in support of those charges are likely to be presented at arraignment, but will not be disclosed at this time,” Morrissey said.

Video below: DA announces murder charge against Brian Walshe


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 Jan. 8, on the charge of misleading a police investigation.
  • 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.
  • Prosecutors said blood and a knife with blood on it were found in the basement of the home the Walshe family was renting. The DA’s office said that search and processing efforts at the home concluded on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Items found during a search at a transfer station in Peabody include a hacksaw and rug with blood on it, 5 Investigates has learned.
  • The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the couple’s three children.

On Friday, search warrants related to the search for missing Massachusetts mother Ana Walshe were returned to Quincy District Court, where the documents were impounded, 5 Investigates has learned.

Between 10 and 20 of the documents were returned. While these files were not made public, they typically include affidavits from police officers describing why they think a crime occurred and why they should have permission to search private property in connection with that investigation.

Brian Walshe has been in custody since Jan. 8, and the couple’s children are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

brian walshe booking photo from cohasset police

Cohasset Police

Last week, we 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, DC, 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.

Linda Bucci, a former prosecutor, said the district attorney’s office continues to gather all kinds of evidence and will likely present that evidence to a grand jury that will attempt to show a motive on what happened to Ana Walshe.

“They have to prove that she’s gone and connect her to it somehow,” Bucci said. “Like, that she didn’t just take a walk or is visiting somebody or ran away. So they have to prove she’s dead and they have to prove that she didn’t accidentally die.”

brian walshe booking photo from cohasset police

Cohasset Police

Prosecutors could bring a formal complaint to the district court for a murder charge or wait for that grand jury to formally indict Brian Walshe, who is currently being held on high bail after being charged with misleading a police investigation.

“They have evidence,” Bucci said. “They might have spoken to him. He might have given them evidence. So, they’re on their way, but they’re not there yet.”

Days of searching for evidence at the home the family rented in Cohasset came to a close on Tuesday. During that effort, prosecutors said blood and a knife were found in the basement.

Additionally, the investigation has included searches of a transfer station in Peabody and a waste-to-energy facility in East Wareham. 5 Investigates has learned that evidence found at the transfer station, near the home of Brian Walshe’s mother, included a hacksaw and a rug with blood on it.

Ana Walshe, a 39-year-old mother of three, was reported missing on Jan. 4 by her employer, Washington, D.C.-based real estate company Tishman Speyer.

“Police were notified around Jan. 4 by her employees in Washington, D.C., that she had not shown up for work on Jan. 4. That was the first time that (anyone) was notified that she was missing,” Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland said in court on Monday. “She actually had a plane ticket for Jan. 3 that she did not use and did not show up at the airport.”

Brian Walshe is awaiting sentencing in a federal case involving fake Andy Warhol paintings, and he is supposed to request permission to leave his home and specify the time required for each trip.

Prosecutors said that investigators could not substantiate his claims of getting lost on the way to his mother’s home or going to two stores on Jan. 1. Brian Walshe said he was without his phone that day.

Brian Walshe also reported that 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.

However, surveillance video at Home Depot in Rockland showed him purchasing the 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 purchase.

Police also found that Walshe’s phone traveled to Brockton and Abington, communities where he is not approved to travel.

A defense attorney said her client has been “incredibly cooperative” with police.

“He is not charged with murder. He’s charged with misleading investigators by not saying, as I understand it, if he went to a Home Depot,” Walshe’s attorney said.

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 young sons together, ages 2, 4 and 6.

Ana Walshe is now a dual citizen of Serbia and the United States. She still has family members who live in Serbia.

Police said Ana Walshe is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion and speaks with an eastern European accent.

Anyone with information about Ana Walshe’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Harrison Schmidt at 781-383-1055 extension 6108 or email hschmidt@cohassetpolice.com.

Cohasset police have also set up a new email for tips at tips@cohassetpolice.com.

Ana Walshe’s body has not been located.

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