A Massachusetts man has been arrested on charges of misleading the police after allegedly searching up how to “dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body” after his wife disappeared.
According to a report from CNN, Ana Walshe, 39, was supposed to take a ride-share to the airport in Boston for work on New Year’s Day — but there is no record that she took the ride-share and she did not ever board the plane.
The woman was reported missing by her workplace and husband, Brian Walshe, age 39, after missing work on January 4. In the days since, a police search was conducted near her home in Cohasset, a suburb of Boston. Three police k-9 units were brought in to assist in the search and divers searched the local pond near her home.
The missing woman’s husband, Brian Walshe, has raised suspicions after several alleged actions he undertook around the time of his wife’s reported disappearance.
According to CNN, law enforcement shifted their focus from a potential missing persons investigation to a potential murder investigation after a search of Brian Walshe’s computer history revealed he had searched how to “dispose of a 115-pound woman’s body,” as well as how to dismember a body.
After learning Walshe visited his mother in Swampscott and the discovery of Walshe’s search history, law enforcement officials conducted dumpster searches in Swampscott and Peabody, an area one hour outside of Cohasset by car.
Police obtained a search warrant and surveillance video showing Walshe purchasing “$450 of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and tarps” at a local Home Depot. Police also located a bloody knife and blood in Walshe’s basement.
Walshe was on probation for a previous fraud case around the time of his wife’s disappearance and was only permitted to leave the house during certain time periods. He attempted to avoid raising suspicion by making the Home Depot purchases during the time his probation allowed him to pick up his kids from their school. However, police have since discovered that the children’s school was not open that day.