Husband charged with murder of missing Massachusetts mom of 3: Prosecutors

A warrant for Brian Walshe's arrest on a murder charge was issued Tuesday.

January 17, 2023, 3:46 PM

The husband of Ana Walshe, a Massachusetts mother of three who has been missing for more than two weeks, has been charged with her murder, according to a warrant issued from Quincy District Court on Tuesday.

Brian Walshe is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge on Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office in Norfolk County.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey declined to disclose what led to the murder charge, though he said in a video statement Tuesday that the "evidence in support" of the charge will likely be presented at the arraignment.

Brian Walshe, of Cohasset, faces a Quincy Court judge charged with impeding the investigation into his wife Ana' disappearance from their home, on Jan. 9, 2023.
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Brian Walshe, 47, was previously arrested for allegedly misleading investigators after his wife was reported missing earlier this month. He entered a not guilty plea to the charge of misleading a police investigation at his arraignment in Quincy District Court last week and is being held on a bail of $500,000 cash or $5 million surety bond.

Ana Walshe, 39, was reported missing on Jan. 4 by her husband and employer, police said. She was reported last seen by a family member around 4 or 5 a.m. on Jan. 1 at her Cohasset home and was supposed to take a ride share to the airport for a flight to Washington, D.C. -- though police have not been able to confirm that she took a ride share, according to Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley.

In this image posted to her Facebook account, Ana Walshe is shown.
Ana Walshe/FaceBook

Police confirmed she never boarded a flight out of Boston Logan International Airport, Quigley said. Neither her cellphone nor credit cards have been active since Jan. 1, he told reporters during a press briefing on Jan. 6.

Prior to his wife's disappearance, Brian Walshe made a trip to a local home improvement store to purchase a tarp and cleaning supplies, according to Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland. Police investigators found a knife and blood in the basement area of the Walshes' home, according to Beland.