A Massachusetts man is under investigation for the disappearance of his 115-pound wife after he Googled how to “dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body” shortly before she was reported missing.
39-year-old Ana Walshe reportedly disappeared en route to the airport for a business trip.
According to a report from CNN, she was supposed to take a ride-share to the airport in Boston for work on New Year’s Day.
However, there is no record that she took the ride-share and she did not board the plane.
When Ana didn’t show up for work on January 4th, was reported missing by both her workplace and her husband, Brian Walshe.
And in the days since, police have executed an exhaustive search in the area near her home in Cohasset, a suburb of Boston.
Divers have been searching a local pond while police have brought in three K-9 teams to assist as well.
Throughout the course of the investigation, however, the missing realtor’s husband Brian Walshe has apparently raised suspicions.
A number of the alleged actions he took around the time of his wife’s disappearance have put him in the spotlight.
Several law enforcement sources told CNN that police shifted their focus from a potential missing persons investigation to a possible murder investigation after a search of Brian Walshe’s computer history.
His computer revealed that he had been searching online for information on how to “dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body” and how to dismember a corpse.
Ana Walshe weighs about 115 pounds, police said.
Following that discovery, police began searching in dumpsters in Peabody.
Peabody is about an hour away from Cohasset by car and near Brian Walshe’s mother’s home in nearby Swampscott.
They searched the area after learning that Brian had visited his mother after his wife had disappeared.
Prosecutor Lynn Beland raised concerns that Brian Walshe had intentionally misled investigators.
“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 causing a delay,” Beland said.
“The intentional, willful, and direct responses to questions about his whereabouts on the days of Sunday, January 1, 2023, and Monday, January 2, 2023, were a clear attempt to mislead and delay investigators.
“The fact that he was asked a specific question and he gave an untruthful answer that led investigators out of the area caused a clear delay in the search for the missing person, Ana Walshe.”
Investigators discovered surveillance video showing Brian purchasing “$450 of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket, and tarps” at a local Home Depot.
Police were also able to obtain a search warrant and found blood and a bloody knife in Walshe’s basement.
Walshe, who is on probation for a previous fraud case and is only supposed to leave his home during certain times, attempted to avoid raising alarms by making the trip to Home Depot during the time he was normally allotted to pick his kids up from school.
However, the police learned that their school was not open that day.
He has since been arrested and charged with misleading the police.
Ana is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 115 pounds.
She has brown hair, brown eyes, an olive complexion, and speaks with an Eastern European accent.
Neither Ana nor her body has yet been found.