Cohasset man to be arraigned on murder charge in wife’s disappearance

The husband of a missing Cohasset woman will be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Wednesday for her murder, officials said.

Brian Walshe, 46, was already in custody after being arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday, Jan. 9, on a charge of misleading a police investigation as authorities worked to locate his 39-year-old wife, Ana, after she was last seen on New Year’s Day. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Brian misled police by telling them Ana had left for the airport in an Uber or Lyft on Jan. 1 to fly to Washington D.C., where she worked for a real estate agency. However, officials said there was no evidence she left the house and that her phone pinged at her home location on Jan. 2.

The prosecution also pointed out that Brian told police he went to his mother’s house in Swampscott on New Year’s Day, but that it took him longer than it should have because he got lost.

He said he went to Whole Foods and a CVS that day, but officials stated he was not seen on surveillance video at either store and that there were no receipts for the items he claimed to have purchased. Instead, nearby security footage reportedly showed Walshe at a dumpster at a nearby liquor store around that time.

Prosecutors also said Brian claimed the only time he left his home on Jan. 2 was to take his son for a smoothie. While Walshe was found to have gone to a smoothie shop in Norwell, he was also seen on surveillance video around 4 p.m. at a Home Depot in Rockland, where he purchased $450 worth of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket, and tarps.

Ana Walshe, who was officially reported missing on Jan. 4, has still not been found by authorities.

News of the murder charge comes days after search warrants obtained by police were returned Quincy District Court and impounded by a judge.

Police had previously searched the Walshe’s home where they recovered evidence that included a bloody knife and blood found in the basement of the Walshe home, which was disclosed during Brian Walshe’s arraignment. Investigators also said internet searches for how to dismember and dispose of a body were found on Walshe’s computer.

Several items of interest were also recovered at a transfer station in Peabody the same day of Walshe’s arraignment. 7NEWS sources confirmed that some of the evidence found included a hacksaw, parts of a rug, trash bags with blood on cloth, and evidence connected to cleaning supplies.

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