Brian Walshe, accused of murdering his wife Ana Walshe, is expected to appear in court today | CNN


Brian Walshe is expected to be arraigned in court Wednesday after being accused of murdering his wife Ana Walshe, a Massachusetts mother and corporate real estate manager who had been missing since the new year.

Brian Walshe, 47, has been in jail since January 8 when he was arrested and charged with misleading investigators, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors accused Walshe of intentionally delaying investigators to cover up evidence, alleging that he lied about some of his actions in the days after his wife’s disappearance.

Evidence supporting the murder charge against Walshe is likely to be presented in court on Wednesday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said. He declined to share any further details.

The husband, who is being held at a Norfolk County correctional facility, will be taken to Quincy District Court for arraignment, which could begin as early as 9 a.m., the district attorney’s office said.

An attorney for Brian Walshe declined to comment Tuesday.

Since Ana Walshe’s employer reported her missing on Jan. 4, authorities have searched the couple’s home, conducted an extensive search of the city of Cohasset and checked dumpsters for any sign of what happened to her. 39 year old mother of three.

Searches have uncovered several pieces of potential evidence, including a hacksaw and apparent bloodstains at a garbage collection site and searches of Brian Walshe’s Internet records on dismembering and disposing of a body, they previously told CNN. police sources.

And while prosecutors say police found bloodstains and a broken, bloody knife in the couple’s basement, authorities have yet to announce the discovery of Ana Walshe’s body.

Ana Walshe’s friend and former colleague, Pamela Bardhi, told CNN she was angered and relieved to hear that investigators believed her friend had been murdered.

“I had this horrible feeling and I prayed that I was wrong,” she said Tuesday. “I prayed that it wasn’t the case. And here we are now finding out a few hours ago that there is a murder charge… That is very, very heavy stuff.”

Although Bardhi is terrified to learn the details of the case, she said she hopes the truth will emerge.

“I think the truth is a real double-edged sword. It’s painful to know, but it’s necessary,” she said. “I think those children deserve to know what happened to their mother, no matter what, and their family and their friends.”

The couple’s three children, all ages 2 to 6, are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a spokesman said.

Several possible pieces of evidence have emerged so far in the disappearance of Ana Walshe, including her husband’s alleged false statements to police and various items found in and around the small seaside town of Cohasset.

Brian Walshe told police he last saw his wife on the morning of January 1 when she left for a work trip to Washington, DC, according to a police affidavit. The husband said he spent the rest of the day running errands for his mother and spent Jan. 2 spending time with his children.

However, prosecutors say there is no evidence that Ana Walshe took her regular rideshare or taxi to the airport, or caught a flight or arrived in DC. Her phone also rang near the couple’s home on the night of January 1-2.

In addition, investigators allege Brian Walshe never ran errands for his mother on New Year’s Day and say he made an undisclosed trip to Home Depot on Jan. 2, where prosecutors say he spent about $450 on cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and tarps.

On January 4, Ana Walshe’s employer, the real estate company Tishman Speyer, called police to report her missing, according to investigators. A Cohasset police record obtained by CNN reads: “The company has contacted her husband. He has not filed a police report.” Brian Walshe’s defense attorney, Tracy Miner, said he called his wife’s workplace before she was reported missing to say he had not heard from her wife.

Several items were collected when investigators searched north of Boston and sent for analysis as potential evidence, the Norfolk district attorney said, declining to provide details.

Law enforcement sources told CNN investigators found a hacksaw, torn cloth and apparent blood stains at a Boston-area garbage collection site.

Bloodstains and a bloody knife were also found in the couple’s basement, prosecutor Lynn Beland said. In addition, the husband’s Internet logs show searches for “how to dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body” and how to dismember a body, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.

Brian Walshe appears in Quincy District Court on January 9 on charges of misleading investigators.

The charges against Brian Walshe for the disappearance of his wife are the latest in a series of legal problems for the husband.

In 2021, he pleaded guilty to three federal fraud charges related to a scheme to sell fake Andy Warhol art online. He was placed under house arrest while awaiting sentencing and was required to obtain approval to leave his home for specific activities at specific times.

Investigators allege Brian Walshe took several unapproved trips in the week after his wife went missing that could be violations of the terms of her house arrest, a police affidavit says.

Additionally, a police report obtained by CNN shows that Ana Walshe reported that someone threatened to “kill (her) and her friend” in 2014. Brian Walshe was the person involved in the report, a spokesperson for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department confirmed. DC.

The case was closed because the victim refused to cooperate with the prosecution, police said.

In 2019, a relative and family friends also painted Walshe as violent and unreliable during a legal battle over his father’s estate. In affidavits filed in the case, two friends of Brian Walshe’s father accused Walshe of financial misconduct and called him “a sociopath.”

CNN has reached out to Brian Walshe’s current and former attorneys but has not heard back.

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