Ana Walshe: Cops found blood, hacksaw and hatchet in search for missing Massachusetts mom
COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS: Cops have found blood, a hatchet, a hacksaw, a rug, trash bags, and used cleaning supplies during the search for the missing mother of three, Ana Walshe from Massachusetts, sources reported on Tuesday, January 10. On Monday, January 9, along with the police canines, investigators conducted a search near her husband's mother's home in Peabody. The items found were located at a dumpster station, not far from her house in Swampscott, 14 miles north of Boston.
Walshe, 39, went missing on January 1 following a dinner at her Cohasset home on New Year’s Eve. The disappeared woman's husband Brian Walshe, 47, was charged with misleading the investigation to find his wife. However, at his arraignment on Monday, January 9, he pleaded not guilty. Brian who is taken into custody is being held on a $500,000 bond at present, according to Daily Mail. As the missing probe continues, the couple's three young sons remain in custody.
Shocking evidence collected
Brian's arrest comes after the police learned about his search on the internet looking for 'how to dispose of a 115-pound woman's body'. The evidence collected during the investigation other than the transfer station materials includes a bloody knife in the basement. A few days after his wife mysteriously disappeared, he allegedly made a purchase of cleaning supplies worth $450.
Ana's husband told the cops that early on the morning of January 1, she left on 'work emergency,' as per the arrest affidavit. However, there is no record of her catching a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to the airport which was her usual modes of traveling.
Brian who has previously been arrested in 2018 for selling bogus Andy Warhol paintings, claimed that in the afternoon, he left the home on the same day to visit his mother living in Peabody. He apparently told the investigators that one of his sons must have taken away his cell phone amid the festivities of New Year as authorities previously stated that “At the time, Walshe did not have his cell phone so he did not use a GPS.” authorities stated, reports the New York Post.
“Walshe related that he drove to his mother’s house via the route leading by Derby Street in Hingham, Route 3 north, Route 93 through Boston, and instead of taking Route 1A, he got lost and took Route 1 and then maybe Route 114. Walshe related the commute should have taken 60-70 minutes but ended up taking about 90 minutes,” continued the statement.
Cops were told by Brian that he returned to his Cohasset home at around 8.00 pm on the day his realtor wife vanished. He claimed that he went to his mother's home in Peabody to help her run errands at CVS and Whole Foods. On the contrary, the surveillance videos do not show him visiting the grocery store or the pharmacy during the time period.
Ana's husband later told the investigators that his cell phone was found under his pillow on January 2, when he also made a parole violation as he visited a Home Depot in a town where he's not allowed to travel. Police now say that he has wasted their time on purpose as he did not answer truthfully about his whereabouts and activities on the day his wife went missing.
The affidavit read, “The fact that he was asked a specific question and he gave an untruthful answer that led investigators out of the area caused a clear delay in the search for the missing person.”
Highlighting that no further information on the outcomes of the search on January 9 would be released, the Norfolk District Attorney's Office's statement on January 10 read, “There is no anticipated change or adjustment of the charges in place in this matter at this time.”