Brian Walshe, middle, listens to his court hearing on Wednesday he's charged with murdering his wife Ana Walshe.
A prosecutor said DNA belonging to a missing woman was found in the trash at a processing facility. The woman's husband used the internet to research how to dismember and dispose of a corpse. Additionally, clothes belonging to the woman were found at a second location.
In Quincy District Court, Brian Walshe, 47, was charged with three counts of burglary. After a brief appearance by his lawyer, Walshe was silent and expressionless while the prosecutor presented the state's case. When the judge asked him if he understood the charges, he only responded with "I do." As a result, he was held without bail until his not-guilty plea was accepted.
Miner's lawyer doesn't contest bail but stated her client has otherwise provided aid to investigators.
Earlier this month, Walshe entered a plea of not guilty to charges relating to misleading investigators looking for 39-year-old Ana Walshe, who has still not been found. With a bail of $500,000, he was in custody.
The couple lived in the affluent coastal community of Cohasset about 15 miles or 24 kilometers southeast of Boston. They have three young children who are currently in state custody.
Prosecutors said Brian Walshe conducted searches on an iPad belonging to one of his sons. These included phrases such as "disintegration methods" and "best way to get rid of a body" that were performed over several days starting January 1.
Investigators discovered video footage of a man who resembled Brian Walshe on January 3 that showed him tossing large trash bags into a dumpster located at an Abington apartment complex. This occurred near Cohasset.
Beland noted that surveillance footage shows a man fitting the defendant's appearance exiting his Volvo near a dumpster. He then approaches the dumpster, which appears to be full, and lifts out a garbage bag with difficulty.
The Belands noted that the police arrived on January 4 to inspect the health of their family. The authorities observed that the vehicle's backseat and seat cushions folded down. Additionally, investigators found a plastic storage pouch in the car. Blood was later confirmed by chemists to be present in the vehicle.
Beland said search teams found a COVID-19 vaccination card with the name Beland with a hatchet, saw and towels in a trash bag during an investigation in Peabody, N.H. The investigation took place close to Brian Walshe's mother's home. Additionally, the investigators found a Prada purse, boots similar to the ones Ana Walshe wore and a hacksaw in another trash bag.
An analysis of the blood on the objects determined that Brian and Ana Walshe had contributed to the genetic material. Both claimed that they were victims of the attacks.
Authorities claim that Ana Walshe left her home in the early morning hours of January 1 to take a ride-sharing vehicle to the airport for a flight to Washington. However, police have found no evidence that she boarded any flight or took a ride from the airport.
Authorities stated that a missing person reported by her employer Jan 4 lives at her Washington home with her husband. The real estate company she works at is in her hometown. Each week, she travels to work by public transit.
The Massachusetts State Police searched the family home, a wooded area near the home, the trash processing facility in Peabody north of Boston, and a condo complex where Brian Walshe's mother lives. Authorities also investigated knives and blood reportedly found in the family's basement.
Surveillance footage submitted to authorities reportedly shows Brian Walshe purchasing hundreds of dollars' worth of cleaning supplies at a home improvement store.
According to federal court records, Brian Walshe had been on home confinement while awaiting sentencing in a fraud case involving the sale of fake Andy Warhol paintings. Police have said that Ana Walshe's disappearance and her husband's case appear to be unrelated.
Prior to Wednesday's arraignment, the mother of Ana Walshe, a Serbian native, told Kurir that she doesn't believe her son-in-law harmed her daughter.
Milanka Ljubičić said that her son-in-law Brian wouldn't harm her daughter Ana, and she wasn't convinced by any of the statements related to the possibility that he harmed her.
He assures me that Ana is alive and well. I believe him, even after learning new information that Ana was supposedly killed. I still hope she's alive and well.