True Crime: The Disappearance of Ana Walshe
Posted 01/13/2023 01:45PM

True Crime: The Disappearance of Ana Walshe

by: Cece Purkiss

On January 4th, Ana Walshe was reported missing in Cohasset, Massachusetts, by her coworkers after she was supposed to fly to D.C. and no one heard from her. When the mother of three was reported missing, police immediately started questioning her husband, Brian Walshe. A few days later, on January 8th, he was arrested for misleading police with their investigation.

While searching for Ana, a lot of evidence was found relatively quickly. The police found a bloody knife in the basement of the family home, and before his arrest, Brian Walshe had purchased $450 of cleaning supplies from Home Depot. Video surveillance showed him wearing a surgical mask, and surgical gloves while purchasing bleach, mops, buckets, tarps, and tape. All of this was later found in a nearby trash disposal, along with trash bags with blood, a hatchet, a hack saw, and a bloody rug. As if that wasn't enough, it was later discovered that his search history included something along the lines of how to dispose of a body.

Walshes' arrest was for misleading the police investigation, as he lied to them multiple times. When asked where he was during the later hours of New Year's Eve, he claimed that he had been running errands at CVS and Whole Foods after visiting his mother. However, no surveillance footage of him was found at either store. His timing also did not add up as the route to his mother's house should only take 60 minutes, but he was driving for 90 minutes.

Brian Walshe does have a history of crime, however nothing nearly close to this type of crime. In 2021 he pleaded guilty to wire fraud after illegally offering Warhol paintings for sale. He has been on probation and has only been allowed to leave his residence with permission. He violated his probation multiple times on January 2nd. Once by going to Home Depot, and the other times by leaving his residence without permission.

The body has not been found yet, and Walshe is awaiting his trial. There should be more updates on this case coming up next week so stay tuned!

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