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Police need proof that missing Ana Walshe is dead and didn’t ‘die accidentally’, claims former prosecutor

Police say Ana's husband Brian Walshe purchased $450 worth of cleaning supplies and blood was found on a damaged knife in the basement of their house
Ana Walshe has been missing since January 1, 2023 (Facebook/Ana Walshe)
Ana Walshe has been missing since January 1, 2023 (Facebook/Ana Walshe)

COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS: Ana Walshe, a 39-year-old real estate investment manager and mother of three young boys, has been missing since New Year’s Day. While the search continues, her husband Brian Walshe, 47, has been arrested for misleading the investigators. He was arrested on January 8 and is held on $500,000 bail. Shortly after, he pleaded 'not guilty.' Brian had claimed that his wife took a ride to Boston's Logan International Airport and has disappeared since. While providing her insights into the case, former prosecutor Linda Bucci said that it is important to prove that Ana is dead and that she didn't die 'accidently'.

Ana met her husband Brian in 2008, the couple later tied the knot in Serbia in 2015 and began living together in a wealthy seaside suburb south of Boston. Brian is the son of a renowned Boston neurosurgeon. Cohasset Police were recently seen searching behind an apartment in Swampscott. Authorities were searching for items Brian may have disposed, during his trip. Meanwhile, police have revealed that they found blood on a damaged knife in the basement of the house and that Brian had purchased $450 worth of cleaning supplies. Brian was also involved in an art fraud, in 2021 he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and selling two fake Andy Warhol paintings in 2016, as reported by Newsweek.


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Former prosecutor, Linda Bucci, while speaking to WCVB 5, said the district attorney's office continues to gather all kinds of evidence and will likely present that evidence to a grand jury that will attempt to show a motive on what happened to Ana Walshe. She added that, "They have to prove that she's gone and connect her to it somehow" 

Bucci said that the prosecutors have to further prove that Ana didn't 'die accidently', "Like, that she didn't just take a walk or is visiting somebody or ran away. So they have to prove she's dead and they have to prove that she didn't accidentally die."

Bucci clarified that they don't necessarily need Ana's body, "They don't actually need the body, ofcourse they need physical evidence that shows she is dead and then they have to connect that to him (Brian)", she said. She further added, "They have evidence," Bucci said. "They might have spoken to him. He might have given them evidence. So, they're on their way, but they're not there yet."

Bucci explained that the prosecutors could bring a formal complaint to the district court for a murder charge or wait for that grand jury to formally indict Brian, who is currently being held on high bail.