Ana Walshe timeline: Brian Walshe is charged with the murder of his wife and missing Massachusetts mother
Ana Walshe, a mother of three from Massachusetts, has not been seen since at least the New Year, and investigators have searched areas north and south of Boston to uncover her whereabouts and status. CNN reported.
Her husband, Brian Walshe, 47, told police he last saw her on January 1 as she left her home in Cohasset to fly to Washington, DC for her job. However, authorities have accused him of misleading investigators, saying they found a bloodied knife in the basement of their home.
Using information from a criminal affidavit, police, prosecutors and defense attorneys, CNN compiled a timeline of the couple’s movements and actions, from their past legal troubles to their recent disappearance.
Brian Walshe’s father, Dr. Thomas Walshe, died in September 2018 leaving Brian nothing, which led to a protracted legal battle over his estate, according to court documents filed in Plymouth Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts.
dr Walshe’s will noted that he had no contact with Brian, to whom he left only his “best wishes” and “nothing else” from his estate, according to photos of the document accompanying the court filings. Brian Walshe unsuccessfully contested the will, suggesting that his father’s signature on the document was a possible forgery.
Affidavits against Brian Walshe’s petition argued he was estranged from his father and detailed years of alleged fraud and manipulation.
“He had a serious argument with his son,” wrote Andrew Walshe, the executor and one of Dr. Walshe’s nephew. “Brian had run off with a significant chunk of his money; he has had almost no contact with Brian R. Walshe for the past decade or more.”
In October 2018, Brian Walshe was charged with fraud after allegedly selling counterfeit Andy Warhol artwork online, according to court documents.
FBI investigators claimed Brian or Ana Walshe used their eBay account to sell the paintings in November 2016, less than a year after their wedding. The complaint does not accuse Ana Walshe of wrongdoing, but states that she spoke to the person who bought the forgeries after the buyer learned the paintings were not authentic and found their work number.
The document also claimed Brian Walshe took actual artwork from a friend to sell but never did. He also did not compensate the friend for the art, the prosecutor claimed.
Walshe pleaded not guilty in November 2018 to counts of wire fraud, interstate transportation for a fraud scheme, possession of converted goods, and illegal monetary transactions.
In April 2021, Brian Walshe pleaded guilty to three of the four counts in exchange for a recommended sentence, supervised release, fines, restitution and forfeiture, court documents show. He also agreed to either return or pay for the artworks.
As part of his parole prior to sentencing, Brian Walshe was monitored and placed under house arrest. He can request to leave the house, but must give the exact places, times and reasons.
December 31, 2022
According to Brian Walshe’s statements to police, contained in an affidavit, he and his wife threw a New Year’s Eve dinner at their home with a friend named Gem.
Brian and Ana Walshe went to bed shortly after the boyfriend left around 1 or 1:30 a.m., he told investigators, the affidavit said. Ana Walshe said she had a work emergency and had to fly to Washington for her job the next morning, he told police.
January 1, 2023
As Brian Walshe told police, that morning Ana Walshe “got ready and kissed him goodbye and told him to go back to sleep,” the affidavit reads. She usually took an Uber, Lyft or taxi to the airport and departed between 6 and 7 a.m., the affidavit said.
He further told police that a babysitter arrived in the afternoon and he left the house around 3 p.m. to get groceries, the affidavit said.
He told police he then drove to his mother’s in Swampscott, about an hour’s drive from Cohasset, around 4pm, but didn’t have a cell phone with him and was lost, making the trip longer than usual, the affidavit said . He said he left his mother’s home within about 15 minutes of arriving to run errands for her at Whole Foods and CVS, and eventually returned home to Cohasset around 8 p.m., the affidavit said.
Ana Walshe’s cell phone pinged the area of her home in Cohasset on January 1 and 2, according to District Attorney Lynn Beland.
Brian Walshe told investigators that he took one of his children to eat ice cream at a Norwell juice bar on Jan. 2 while the babysitter watched over his other two children, the affidavit said.
Investigators confirmed that this trip took place, the affidavit said.
According to surveillance video, Brian Walshe traveled to a Home Depot in Rockland wearing a surgical mask and gloves and made a cash purchase, the affidavit said. There, Walshe bought $450 worth of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket, tarps and several types of duct tape, according to Beland.
Ana Walshe’s place of work, real estate company Tishman Speyer, called the police to report that she didn’t show up for her job, Beland said.
According to Brian Walshe’s defense attorney, he called her workplace to ask if they knew of her whereabouts before the workplace called the police.
Cohasset police came to Ana Walshe’s home to check on her well-being, according to an affidavit. Brian Walshe spoke to investigators several times and provided the above timeline of his actions and whereabouts on January 1 and 2.
Cohasset Police announced that Ana Walshe was missing and asked the public to come forward with any information. Police said she was last seen “just after midnight on New Year’s Day”.
Police launched a massive search for Ana Walshe that included K-9 officers and search and rescue teams in the wooded areas near her home.
At least six investigators are tasked with driving to the Massachusetts North Shore area and viewing surveillance video to try to verify Walshe’s timeline of events, the affidavit said. They did not video watch him on Jan. 1 at Whole Foods or CVS in Swampscott, as he stated, the affidavit said.
The Cohasset Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police announced that the search for Ana Walshe has been completed.
Brian Walshe has been arrested and charged with misleading a police investigation, police said in a statement.
Brian Walshe was arraigned in court and pleaded not guilty to charges of misleading police.
Beland, the prosecutor, said investigators found no evidence Ana Walshe took a ride from her home on Jan. 1. She said his statements to the police had caused an investigation to be delayed.
Prosecutors also said investigators obtained a search warrant for her home and found blood and a bloody knife in the basement.
The judge posted bail of $500,000 in cash and set the next hearing for February 9th.
Prosecutors released the affidavit in support of a criminal complaint, which outlined authorities’ timeline for the previous week. The affidavit describes Brian Walshe’s testimony to police as “a clear attempt to mislead and delay investigators.”
The affidavit outlines several trips he has taken that were not requested and approved in advance and which may violate the terms of his probation.
According to a statement from the Norfolk District Attorney, investigators conducted searches north of Boston and collected a number of items that will be processed and tested. The statement also called Ana Walshe’s disappearance “suspicious”.
According to a source with direct knowledge of the investigation, investigators at the scene taped around dumpsters near Brian Walshe’s mother’s mother’s home in Swampscott and dug through garbage at a transfer station in Peabody. Both places are north of Boston.
Law enforcement sources report that CNN investigators found a hacksaw, torn cloth material and what appeared to be bloodstains at the Peabody compound. The evidence was sent for examination.
An arrest warrant charging Brian Walshe with murder has been issued in connection with the death of his wife Ana Walshe, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.
He was being held at Norfolk County House of Corrections and was due to be transported to Quincy District Court on Wednesday to face murder charges, Morrissey added.
“Additional details of the investigation and the evidence supporting these charges will likely be presented at the indictment but will not be disclosed at this time,” the prosecutor said.
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