Investigators Searching Trash Find Blood, Hacksaw, Hatchet in Hunt for Missing Massachusetts Mom: Report

Investigators looking into the New Year’s Day disappearance of a Massachusetts mother of three found trash bags containing blood, a hacksaw, a hatchet, and a rug in a trash transfer facility they began searching Monday night.

Ana Walshe, 39, was last seen early in the morning on January 1 as she left to take a ride share to the Boston airport for a flight to Washington, D.C., for her job, her husband told police when her employer reported her missing three days later, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

But prosecutors, who have now charged Brian Walshe with misleading investigators, said at his arraignment on Monday that they’ve found no evidence of a ride share, and she never boarded her January 3 flight.

After the arraignment, investigators hauled away a dumpster that had been located at Brian Walshe’s mother’s apartment complex in Swampscott and launched a meticulous search at a trash transfer facility in Peabody.

There, sources told WBZ, they found multiple items that could be associated with the case as well as used cleaning supplies. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office declined to confirm information about what was found there.

“Search activity conducted north of Boston yesterday resulted in a number of items being collected which will now be subject to processing and testing to determine if they are of evidentiary value to this investigation. No detail on those items will be disclosed at this time,” said spokesman David Traub.

Prosecutors said at Brian Walshe’s hearing on Monday that police found blood and a broken, bloody knife in the basement at the couple’s Cohasset home as well as surveillance footage of him at a Home Depot buying more than $400 in cleaning supplies. Walshe, who is awaiting sentencing on a federal fraud conviction, is restricted to only approved travel and used time allotted to pick his children up from school to make the Home Depot trip — although schools were not open than day.

Sources reported that investigators had found suspicious searches in his internet history, including “how to dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body” and how to dismember a body. Ana Walshe’s mother, Milanka Ljubicic, also said that her daughter tried to call her, her sister, and her maid of honor multiple times on the night she disappeared, as CrimeOnline reported.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond on the misleading investigators charge.

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[Featured image: Ana Walshe/Instagram]