NBC10 Boston Investigators are learning more about Ana Walshe, a missing mother from Cohasset, Massachusetts, and her husband Brian Walshe, the man now accused of obstructing the investigation into her disappearance.
According to a source connected to the investigation, a troubling Internet search history related to the murder was found on Walshe’s electronic devices. New details about the case emerged at his trial Monday, with prosecutors saying investigators found blood and a bloody knife in the basement of the Walshe family’s home.
Meanwhile, the search for Ana Walshe continues. The 39-year-old man has not been seen since the New Year.
Anyone with information on Walshe’s whereabouts is urged to contact detectives at 781-830-4990.
Court documents paint a picture of a man who had a dispute with his father over money – and a man who was accused of fraud in the past. He was convicted of the crime of selling fake art online.
Brian Walshe is already on probation and home confinement, wearing a monitoring bracelet and awaiting sentencing in a federal case involving the sale of fake Andy Warhol paintings on eBay in 2016.
The husband of a missing Cohasset woman appeared in court Monday, where prosecutors revealed new details in their investigation into her disappearance.
In letters to the judge in that case, his wife Ana Walshe said she met Brian in 2008 and it was “love at first sight”. The couple got married in 2015 and had three children together. She speaks of his kindness and describes him as a caring and loving father, but also said that her childhood had a profound effect on her, claiming that she was taught to lie and hide. He wrote that he regretted his actions in the past and that he was focused on charity work and turning his life around.
During the hearing last summer, Brian Walshe’s lawyer told the court that Ana, who was working in Washington DC, had moved out of the jurisdiction, leaving Brian to care for their children. But police say the mother of three was recently at home in Cohasset. He was last seen on New Year’s Day. His Instagram post on New Year’s Eve read: “Take the risk of optimism.”
Brian Walshe is also embroiled in a probate case involving his father’s home in Hull, Massachusetts, and a will that disappeared after his death. According to court records, Walshe’s cousin claims she was the executor of the estate and that Walshe was intentionally shut out of the will after she had a “serious argument” with her father and absconded with a significant amount of his money.
Brian Walshe pleaded guilty to three charges, including fraud, in the art case. He was awaiting sentencing and was on probation when his wife disappeared.
Ana Walshe has not been heard from for eight days. NBC10 Boston was contacted by his sister in Serbia on Monday. The family said they are trying to figure out a way to get here and that their biggest concern is the couple’s three children, whose mother is missing and whose father is behind bars.
A judge set Walsh’s bail at $500,000 cash. His only charge at this point in this investigation is misleading the police.