Thu. Jan 26th, 2023

Authorities in Massachusetts allegedly recovered a bloody knife in the basement of the Cohasset home missing mom Ana Walshe shared with her husband.

Prosecutors made the revelation Monday during 47-year-old Brian Walshe’s court hearing during which prosecutors also accused him of visiting a Home Depot and purchasing $450 worth of cleaning products, including mops and tarps, following his wife’s alleged New Year’s Day disappearance.

Brian was arrested over the weekend on a single charge of misleading police during the investigation into Ana’s whereabouts, according to a statement from the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded not guilty.

Ana, a 39-year-old mother of three and real estate executive who would regularly commute to Washington D.C., for work, was reported missing Jan. 3, after she failed to show up to her job, authorities say. Both her husband and employer reported her missing the same day.

During a Friday news conference, Cohasset police said Ana was last seen by a family member around 4 a.m. on Jan. 1. A rideshare service was supposed to drop her off at Boston’s Logan Airport so she could catch a flight to D.C.

According to CBS News, citing police, Ana never took a rideshare that day, she failed to arrive for her flight to D.C., and her cell phone was pinged at her home, later that day.

Citing prosecutors, CNN reports Brian told authorities he was 40 miles away visiting Whole Foods and CVS the day Ana allegedly disappeared, but area surveillance footage allegedly failed to corroborate his story.

He was captured on surveillance footage Jan. 2 purchasing cleaning products at Home Depot, according to authorities.

“These various statements caused a delay in the investigation to the point that during the time frame when he didn’t report his wife and gave various statements, that allowed him time to either clean up evidence, dispose of evidence, and cause a delay,” prosecutor Lynn Beland said, according to CNN.

According to Brian’s defense attorney Tracey Miner, he has been “incredibly cooperative,” per the outlet.

Brian’s bail has been set at $500,000. He is due back in court Feb. 9.

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By Buffy Gunner

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