Ana Walshe

Knife & Blood Found in Basement of Missing Real Estate Executive’s Home, Husband Bought Over $400 in Cleaning Supplies [Police]

The husband of Massachusetts real estate executive Ana Walshe appeared in court Monday morning for a bail hearing, following his arrest for hindering the investigation into his missing wife.

According to court documents, Brian Walshe told police he wasn’t home when his wife disappeared earlier this month. Police say he claimed he went out to get ice cream with his son, but surveillance footage shows evidence of him going to a store to buy $450 worth of cleaning supplies, ABC 5 reports.

“He’s on surveillance at that time on Jan. 2, even though he said he never left the house, police obtained a search warrant and actually searched the house with crime scene services. During that time, they found blood in the basement,” Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland said.

“Blood was found in the basement area, as well as a knife, which also contained some blood.”

Ana Walshe was last seen by a family member in her Cohasset residence between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on January 1, according to Cohasset police Chief William Quigley.

Quigley said Ana’s cellphone, credit card, and debit cards have not been used since New Year’s Day, and her phone pinged last at her home on January 1.

Police first said she was reported missing on January 4 by the defendant and her Washington, D.C.-based employer. In court, however, it was determined that only Ana’s employer made the initial missing persons report.

“Police were notified around Jan. 4 by her employees in Washington, D.C. that she had not showing up for work on Jan. 4. That was the first time that (police were) notified that she was missing,” Beland said.

Brian Walshe told investigators that Ana was supposed to take an Uber or Lyft to Washington, D.C., for work, but prosecutors said in court Monday that there is no evidence of her ever leaving her home.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with misleading police during an investigation. A judge set his bail at $500,000.

The defendant was already wearing an ankle monitor in connection with a different case. Check back for updates.

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[Featured image: Ana Walshe/Police Handout]