A man accused of misleading an investigation into the disappearance of his wife, a missing Cohasset mother who hasn’t been seen for a week, was ordered held on $500,000 bail Monday after prosecutors say a bloody knife was found in the basement of her home.
Brian Walshe, 46, was arraigned in Quincy District Court on charges he misled law enforcement officials who have been working tirelessly to track down the whereabouts of his wife, Ana Walshe. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Brian was walked into the courthouse under police escort shortly after 9 a.m., less than 24 hours after he was taken into custody.
“Police developed probable cause to believe that her husband Brian Walshe had committed the crime of misleading police investigators,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said Sunday.
During the court hearing, Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland told the judge that a blood-covered knife and other bloody spots were found in Ana’s home following a search over the weekend.
Surveillance video from inside a Home Depot in Rockland also showed Brian buying a tarp, mops, tape, and other cleaning supplies, Beland added.
“He’s on surveillance at that time, on Jan. 2, even though he said he never left the house,” Beland said. “Crime services recovered and found blood in the basement area... There was also a knife that was found. On the knife, there was blood.”
In the days after Ana was reported missing, Brian also allegedly lied about trips to Whole Foods and CVS.
“These various statements caused a lot of delays, to the point that during the timeframe when he didn’t report his wife, that gave him time to either clean up evidence or dispose of evidence,” Beland told the court.
Brian told Cohasset police that Ana Walshe was supposed to take a rideshare to Logan Airport on New Year’s Day in order to fly to Washington D.C. Ana works for Washington D.C.- based real estate company Tishman Speyer and owns a second home in the nation’s capital.
According to Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley, a family member last saw her in her Cohasset home between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day. There is no indication she ever arrived at the airport and Walshe’s cellphone, credit and debit cards have been inactive since her disappearance on Jan. 1.
Brian and Ana’s employer reported her missing three days later on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
On Friday, Jan. 6, members of the Cohasset Police Department and the Massachusetts Special Emergency Response Team began combing the woods near Walshe’s Cohasset home. The ground search was suspended on Saturday, with authorities announcing they would not actively resume the search unless they gained new information that warranted its renewal.
Despite the announcement of the suspended search, police cruisers descended on the Walshe’s home Sunday morning. Massachusetts State Troopers and Cohasset police officers could be seen filing in and out of the Walshe’s home. Three children were also spotted being shuttered into cars that then drove away from the house. Ana and Brian Walshe have three children together.
According to a law enforcement source, the couple’s three boys are now in state custody.
A spokesperson for the Cohasset Police department told Boston 25 News on Saturday that detectives from the town’s police department and Massachusetts State Police arrived in Washington D.C. Saturday before returning Sunday.
Sources told Boston 25 News that a search warrant had been executed at the Walshe’s Cohasset home.
Bojana Bogosav, a news editor in Ana’s homeland of Serbia, told Boston 25 that concern has been growing among family and friends.
“This is a big story here because a woman from Serbia goes to America, living American dream, and after that, she disappears, she has a husband, but husband is very mystery because he was arrested,” Bogosav said.
Brian previously pleaded guilty in federal court two years ago after prosecutors say he took two Andy Warhol paintings from a friend in South Korea, put the authentic art for sale on Ebay, then delivered fake paintings to a buyer. He is on house arrest pending the outcome of that case.
In Brian Walshe’s federal case, Ana Walshe praised her husband in a letter dated June 1, 2022 to Judge Douglas Woodlock, according to court documents.
“I am writing this letter to you to express my gratitude for having allowed Brian to spend the last eight months at home supporting his children and closest family members,” Ana Walshe wrote at the time. “During these eight months, our family was able to be together during many of the milestones: our youngest son turned one, our middle son started to speak and our eldest son who had just started kindergarten when we saw you last is now only a few weeks away from completing the year and preparing for first grade. He also lost his first tooth.”
“During my mother’s illness and beyond, Brian continued to be in contribution and focus on charity work, serve as a coach within his transformational leadership academy, continue to take care of his ailing elderly mother and be there for his sons day in and day out,” she wrote in the letter.
“Brian has included our family and especially our sons in many of the charitable activities he has been partaking,” she wrote in the letter. “Whether it was walking for World (Peace) Day in Dorchester, or stopping by the Pine Street Inn in Boston to drop off food and sanitary supplies, Brian has been teaching our young boys from early age how important it is to share the joy and be in contribution with time and resources.”
“Brian has been working consistently on breaking the past bad habits of his family and we are all looking forward to the new chapter of his life,” Ana Walshe wrote at the time.
Brian is due back in court at a later date. Cohasset and Massachusetts State Police are actively investigating the case.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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