A source close to missing Massachusetts mother Ana Walshe says she was selling assets and investing in a new life before she mysteriously vanished.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Ana, 37, was last seen by a family member in her Cohasset apartment between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on January 1, according to Cohasset police Chief William Quigley.
Her husband, Brian Walshe, was arrested for hindering a missing person investigation after police said he lied about his whereabouts on New Year’s Day and the day after.
A source close to the case who wants to remain anonymous told Fox News that Ana finalized a sale on a Massachusetts condo she owned days before she vanished. The source said that she had been commuting from Massachusetts to Washington D.C. for years but had recently begun making plans for a new future.
The source added that the condo sale was for a residence in Revere, where Ana lived with her husband and their children. She had also begun selling off assets in anticipation of her new future.
“[The] proceeds from the sale of the Revere condo were going directly into the purchase of another investment property, and not to Ana herself,” the source reportedly said, adding that they felt compelled to speak out since something did not “sit right” about the situation.
According to court documents, Brian Walshe told police that she left home on January 1 to travel to work in D.C. He allegedly claimed she took an Uber or Lyft from home to the airport; however, prosecutors said there is no evidence of her leaving the home that day.
The defendant told investigators that he went to his mother’s home on January 1, but it took longer than he expected because he got lost. According to what he said, he stopped by a CVS and a Whole Foods store that day, but prosecutors say there is no evidence or receipts that he stopped by those stores.
He then reportedly claimed he went out to get smoothies with his sons on January 2 and didn’t leave home again, but surveillance footage shows him also going to a Home Depot store to buy $450 worth of cleaning supplies.
“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.”
Quigley said Ana’s cellphone, credit card, and debit cards have not been used since New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, investigators continue to process evidence at the Massachusetts State Crime Laboratory. Massachusetts attorney Philip Tracy Jr. told Boston 25 that the process could take weeks, if not longer.
“You can never be premature in the processing of a case like this, where we are missing a body,” he said. “The public wants to know right away, but they can’t know it until it’s proof.. until it’s boxed together.”
A judge set the defendant’s bail at $500,000. He was already wearing an ankle monitor connected to an unrelated federal case.
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