Brian Walshe dismembered his wife, Ana Walshe, with a hacksaw and disposed of her remains after using his son’s iPad to Google the best ways to get rid of a body, among a slew of other incriminating searches, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
Brian Walshe, 47, pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court to a charge of murder in the death of 39-year-old Ana Walshe, of Cohasset. A judge ordered him held without bail.
Ana Walshe, a mother of three, vanished earlier this month. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey announced Tuesday that a murder warrant was issued for Brian Walshe in connection with her death.
Brian Walshe, under heavy police guard, was seen being escorted into court for his hearing shortly after 8 a.m. for his 9 a.m. court hearing.
After the alleged murder of Ana, Brian took to the internet and searched for the following things, the prosecutor said during the court hearing:
“Can ID be made on partial remains?”
“Best ways to dispose of a body?”
“What happens when you put body parts in ammonia”
“Can you be charged with murder without a body?”
“How long before a body starts to smell?”
“How to embalm a body?”
“How to get blood out of a wooden floor?”
“Hacksaw– best tool to dismember?”
“Can baking soda make a body smell good?”
“10 ways to dispose of a body if you really need to?”
On Dec. 27, 2022, Walshe is also said to have searched, “Best day for a divorce?”
During the course of their investigation, officers observed Brian Walshe’s Volvo with the seats down and a plastic liner over them. The car was later found to have traces of blood, officials said.
Ana spent New Year’s Eve with her husband and three kids at their Cohasset home. The prosecutor said her phone turned off at 3:14 a.m. New Year’s Day.
She was supposed to go to Logan Airport early New Year’s Day around 4:30 a.m. to head to her second residence in Washington D.C., where she spent weekdays working as a regional general manager for the real estate company Tishman Speyer.
Police said Brian first told investigators that she potentially took a rideshare service to Logan. However, police never found any evidence that she made it to the airport and her cellphone, credit, and debit cards had been inactive since her disappearance.
Cohasset police and state police combed the woods around the Walshe’s home on Jan. 6 and later returned with a search warrant for inside the home less than 48 hours later. Prosecutors say that search led to the discovery of a blood-covered knife in the basement of the home.
Before Ana was reported missing by Brian, investigators say he was seen on video at the Home Depot in Rockland wearing a black surgical mask, and blue surgical gloves making a cash transaction. He is said to have purchased a tarp, mops, tape, and other cleaning supplies.
Subsequent clues uncovered by investigators led them to the North Shore, where a hacksaw was found at a transfer station in Peabody.
Investigators noted that a search of a dumpster taken from his mother’s Swampscott apartment complex to the transfer station yielded 10 trash bags with items that had stains consistent with blood including rugs, a COVID vaccine card with Ana Walshe’s name, and a hatchet, in addition to the hacksaw.
Some other trash bags that Brian Walshe dumped were incinerated before being found, the prosecutor said.
The murder charge comes years after Ana Walshe told police in Washington D.C. that Brian Walshe had threatened to kill her.
Brian Walshe has been housed at the Norfolk County House of Correction since pleading not guilty last week to charges he misled law enforcement officials who have been working tirelessly to track down the whereabouts of his wife.
He had also been on house arrest for stealing and attempting to sell two fake Andy Warhol paintings on eBay.
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