Massachusetts prosecutors have charged Brian Walshe with the murder of his wife Ana Walshe. Ana disappeared from her Cohasset, Massachusetts home on or around January 1, 2023, and was reported missing by her employer on January 4.
Authorities believe Ana Walshe was called out to work in Washington DC to handle an emergency at one of the properties she manages. She had previously booked a flight to DC on January 3, but authorities believe the work emergency prompted her to leave earlier.
Authorities confirmed with the airlines that Walshe did not board a plane on the morning of her disappearance, but have been unable to determine if she ever got in a rideshare vehicle to Logan Airport.
On January 7, 2023, authorities conducted an extensive search for Ana in the woods near her home with the help of search and rescue teams, K-9 units, and State Police Air Wing units, but found no signs of her.
Authorities also searched her townhouse in Washington DC, but found no signs of Ana. Her vehicle was left at the property.
There’s been no activity on Ana’s phone, credit cards, bank accounts, or social media since she disappeared on January 1.
Brian Walshe was arrested for misleading a police investigation on January 8, with police stating he gave them a false timeline of his activities and whereabouts during the time his wife went missing.
At his arraignment on January 9, the District Attorney’s office said Brian Walshe was caught on surveillance video on January 2, buying $450 worth of cleaning supplies, including buckets, tarps, mops and tape, before Ana’s employer reported her missing to the police. Investigators also found blood and a broken knife in the basement of their Cohasset house.
His internet searches also included queries for “how to dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body,” and “how to dismember a body,” according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
Brian Walshe pleaded not guilty to the charges of misleading police, and is expected to be arraigned for murder on January 18.