BREAKING NEWS: Husband of missing Massachusetts mom Ana Walshe is charged with murder
The husband of missing Massachusetts mother Ana Walshe has been charged with her murder, three weeks after she vanished on New Year’s Day.
Brian Walshe is already in custody on charges of misleading police.
For weeks, police have been piecing together a case against him that is believed to include evidence such as blood found in the couple’s basement, and a bloody hatchet.
Friends have now claimed the couple’s marriage was so strained that they were living apart. Ana was photographed without her wedding ring in some of the final photos taken before she vanished on January 1.
Walshe will appear in court tomorrow on the fresh murder charge.
The evidence used to obtain the murder warrant is likely to be presented then.
Brian Walshe is already in custody on charges of misleading police
Ana has been missing since New Year’s Day
‘The continued investigation has now allowed police to obtain an arrest warrant charging Brian Walshe with murder of his wife.
‘Mr. Walshe will be transported to the court for the charge of murder,’ Michael W Morrissey, Norfolk District Attorney, said in a video statement today.
ANA WALSHE’S DISAPPEARANCE
JANUARY 1: Ana is seen leaving a New Year’s Eve party at 1.30am
She fails to turn up to work in Washington DC, and there is no proof of her making it to the airport for her flight.
JANUARY 4: Tishman Speyer’s head of security in DC calls police to report her missing.
The caller told the operator he’d informed her husband
JANUARY 6: Fire reported at the house Ana shared with her husband
JANUARY 8: Brian Walshe arrested for misleading investigation
JANUARY 9: Police reveal they found blood in the basement of the couple’s home
JANUARY 10: Police reveal they found trash bags filled with bloody items, a hatchet and a hacksaw in a trash center near the home
JANUARY 17: Brian Walshe is arrested for murder
Walshe is expected in court tomorrow morning.
So far, he has denied misleading police in his wife’s disappearance.
Ana was last seen at 1.30am on the morning of January 1. She and her husband were leaving a New Year’s Eve party.
They returned to their home in Cohasset, Massachusetts, but she was never seen again.
She was due to travel to Washington DC the following day for work, but failed to show up for her flight or get in her rideshare to the airport.
Ana was reported missing by Tishman Spyer, the real estate company she worked for, on January 4.
A man who identified himself as the firm’s head of security in Washington DC called police in Cohasset to request a welfare check for her.
That man told police that he had informed Ana’s husband, Brian, that she was missing.
It contradicted Brian’s lawyer’s claim in court that he had notified her work that she was missing.
In the weeks before her disappearance, Ana had stopped wearing her wedding ring.
Friends said there was ‘tension’ in the marriage and that the pair had even started living apart.
Ana’s work responsibilities in Washington DC was a point of contention in the relationship.
Her friends are now appealing for care of her children.
Walshe is no stranger to legal trouble.
In 2018, he was convicted of fraud for stealing and attempting to sell two fake Andy Warhol paintings that he advertised as being genuine.
Ana (pictured with Paul Wharton on December 13) had stopped wearing her wedding ring in the weeks before she vanished
The Cohasset home that Ana shared with her husband, Brian, and their three children