Brian Walshe, aged 46, has been taken into custody in relation to the disappearance of his 39-year-old wife, Ana Walshe, who has not been seen since the morning of New Year’s Day. He is facing a charge of misleading a police investigation, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
5 Investigates’ cameras were the only ones present when Brian Walshe was arrested and escorted into the Cohasset Police Department wearing handcuffs. Additionally, 5 Investigates’ cameras recorded footage of Walshe’s gray Volvo XC90 being towed into the police station garage.
Ana Walshe was last seen in her Cohasset home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to Cohasset police Chief William Quigley. Her cellphone and credit/debit cards have been inactive since then. Brian Walshe and her employer reported her missing on Wednesday, and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office has since taken the lead on the investigation.
On Sunday, multiple marked and unmarked police cruisers arrived at the Walshe family’s home with a search warrant. Detectives were seen wearing protective layers on their shoes as they searched in and around the house.
Video from Sky5 showed that the search appeared to extend to sheds near the home, areas where police had not focused on during earlier searches.
“Police developed probable cause to believe that (Ana Walshe’s) husband, Brian Walshe, had committed the crime of misleading police investigators,” reads a statement from the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
NewsCenter 5’s Brianna Borghi saw young children being led out of the house Sunday morning. Ana and Brian Walshe have three young boys together between the ages of 2 and 6.
Borghi also observed a red truck pull up to the house early Sunday morning and drop off an older woman, who spoke briefly with an investigator. Later, the same woman was seen leaving the house with the children in a different vehicle. Borghi then observed a man leave the house in a separate vehicle shortly afterwards.
Brian Walshe is scheduled to be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday morning, and the DA’s Office stated that additional facts may or may not be entered into the record at that time.
Ana Walshe is disappearance circumstances
Ana Walshe was supposed to take a ride-share to Boston Logan International Airport on Jan. 1 in order to catch an early morning flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, according to a family member.
“It is been reported that she was summoned to D.C. to deal with an emergency at one of the properties she manages. That is why she was attempting to travel to Washington, D.C. (on New Year’s Day) “According to Quigley.
However, Quigley added that Cohasset police have been in contact with rideshare companies and have yet to confirm that she got into a rideshare vehicle outside her home. Walshe did not board a flight this week, according to the police chief, who also confirmed with all airlines.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., according to Quigley, searched the Walshe family’s Washington townhouse but found no trace of Ana Walshe.
A Cohasset Police Department spokesperson stated that Cohasset and state police detectives arrived in Washington early Saturday morning as part of the investigation. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office announced on Sunday that those investigators were returning from Washington, D.C., where they sought any possible evidence or information regarding Ana Walshe is possible whereabouts.
Friends said Ana Walshe commutes to Washington during the week to work for Tishman Speyer, a job she started last year. She is active on social media, but friends say those accounts went silent on New Year’s Day when she was due to catch a flight.
“She’s a loving and loyal wife and mother of three beautiful boys,” Alissa Kirby, a friend, said. “She loves her family, and I know in my heart that of her choice, she would not go a day without speaking to her husband and her kids.”
The Massachusetts State Police Special Emergency Response Team and a regional police team spent much of Friday searching the area near the Walshe family’s Cohasset home. The search was called off for the night after covering an area of about one square mile.
On Saturday, authorities said 20 troopers from the MSP Special Emergency Response Team, a specialized unit trained in search and rescue operations, as well as three K9 teams, Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council officers, and the State Police Air Wing Unit, searched wooded areas near Walshe is home but found nothing. According to authorities, state police divers also searched a small stream and an in-ground pool on the property, but found nothing.
Police said Ana Walshe is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion and speaks with an eastern European accent.
Anyone with information about Ana Walshe’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Harrison Schmidt at 781-383-1055 extension 6108 or email [email protected]
Cohasset police have also set up a new email for tips at [email protected]