Ana Walshe celebrated friend's promotion via post before mysterious disappearance and husband's arrest
COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS: Ana Walshe shared a post on her Facebook account celebrating her friend's professional success prior to her mysterious disappearance on January 1. Ana's husband, Brian Walshe, was charged with deceiving police in the days that followed her disappearance.
Early on New Year's Day, Ana was seen at her Cohasset, Massachusetts, home. Her family claims that she was scheduled to take a rideshare before boarding a flight for Washington, DC. A few months before Ana disappeared, she posted on Facebook to express her happiness about her friend Carrie Westbrook's promotion at work. "Yes! My Carrie Westbrook! Congrats and so well deserved. Love you! 🤗🍾🎉," the 39-year-old Ana wrote. Westbrook started working as the vice president of Saint Germain Catering at the Culinary Institute of America in August, according to her LinkedIn profile.
The Norfolk District Attorney's Office claims that Brian was charged after allegedly deceiving the investigation and was later arrested. His court appearance is set on February 9 and he was held on a $500,000 cash bail.
On January 2, Brian allegedly informed officials that he went out with his son to grab ice cream. However, he was caught on camera purchasing $450 worth of cleaning goods at a Home Depot. Officials stated that he purchased buckets, tape, and a tarp. Prosecutors claim that authorities discovered blood and a broken knife in the basement.
On January 4, Ana's family and employer reported her missing after she failed to show up for work in Washington, DC. Brian asserted that she informed him of her decision to change her trip to January 1 due to a work emergency.
Authorities, however, claim that Ana did not travel from Logan Airport on that specific day. Additionally, authorities state that she hasn't left any digital traces because her debit, credit, and smartphone haven't been used since January 1. It's also unknown if she used a rideshare service.
Police claimed that there is a possibility that she and the drivers had an "offline" arrangement because she made the same trip every week. Cops had been searching the neighborhood for days until they declared the ground search to be suspended on January 7. The Boston Globe stated that divers searched a creek and that the couple's pool had also been drained.
Cops claim that the ground search wouldn't resume unless new information about the case was discovered. Westbrook stated, "She is the type of person who is really well put together and over-communicative about things."
Ana was scheduled to meet Westbrook on December 27, but the plan was interrupted when Ana let her know she would be late. Around two hours later, Ana reportedly sent Westbrook a message informing her that her phone had died. On January 3, when Westbrook made an attempt to get in touch with Ana, her messages had not been delivered.