Brian Walshe has been arrested and charged in the missing person case of his wife Ana Walshe who suddenly disappeared in Massachusetts. According to police reports Brian Walshe has been arrested and charged with misleading police in the search for missing mother of three Ana Walshe. Authorities have been conducting a deep search for the last few days with little to show for it. Unfortunately in cases such as the Ana Walshe disappearance the person of interest is arrested on a minor charge however more severe charges tend to follow in the upcoming days.
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The husband of a Massachusetts woman who has not been seen since early in the morning on New Year’s Day is in custody.
Brian Walshe, 46, was arrested on a charge of misleading a police investigation in connection with the disappearance of his 39-year-old wife, Ana Walshe, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Only 5 Investigates’ cameras were there as Brian Walshe was taken into custody and led into the Cohasset Police Department in handcuffs. 5 Investigates’ cameras also captured video of Walshe’s gray Volvo XC90 being put into the police station garage.
Ana Walshe was last seen by a family member in her Cohasset home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to Cohasset police Chief William Quigley. Quigley also said Walshe’s cellphone, as well as her credit and debit cards, have been inactive since New Year’s Day.
She was reported missing on Wednesday, simultaneously by Brian Walshe and her employer, Washington, D.C.-based real estate company Tishman Speyer.
The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office has since taken the lead on the missing person investigation after Cohasset police, the Massachusetts Special Emergency Response Team, Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council and other agencies searched around the Walshe family’s home off of the Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Route 3A) from Friday through Sunday.
Multiple marked and unmarked police cruisers arrived at the Walshes’ home at about 9 a.m. on Sunday, less than 16 hours after Massachusetts State Police and Cohasset Police Department officials said the ground search would not resume unless they developed new information that would warrant a renewed search.
Sources told NewsCenter 5’s Ted Wayman that investigators arrived at the Walshe family’s home with a search warrant on Sunday. 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 saw a red truck pull up to the home earlier Sunday morning and drop off an older woman, who spoke with an investigator for a few minutes. That same woman later appeared to leave the home with the children in a different vehicle. Borghi then saw a man leave the home in a separate vehicle shortly thereafter.
Brian Walshe is expected to be arraigned Monday morning in Quincy District Court, and the DA’s Office said additional facts may or may not be entered into the record at that time
A family member told police Ana Walshe was supposed to take a ride-share to Boston Logan International Airport in an attempt to catch an early morning flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Jan. 1.
“It’s been said that she was called to D.C. to handle some type of emergency at one of the properties that she manages. That’s why she was attempting to go to D.C. (on New Year’s Day),” Quigley said.
Quigley added, however, that Cohasset police had been in contact with rideshare companies and have so far been unable to confirm that she got into a rideshare vehicle outside her home. The police chief also said he was able to confirm with all airlines that Walshe did not board a flight this week.
Quigley said officers from the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C. searched the Walshe family’s Washington townhouse but found no sign of Ana Walshe there.
A spokesperson for the Cohasset Police Department said Cohasset and state police detectives arrived in Washington early Saturday morning as part of the investigation. On Sunday, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said those investigators were returning from D.C., where they sought any possible evidence or information concerning Ana Walshe’s potential 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.”
On Friday, the Massachusetts State Police Special Emergency Response Team and a regional police team spent much of the day searching the area near the Walshe family’s home in Cohasset. The search was called off for the night after an area of approximately one square mile was covered.
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, once again searched wooded areas near Walshe’s home with negative results on Saturday. State police divers also searched a small stream and an in-ground pool on the property with negative results, according to authorities.
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]