(CNN)– Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey announced an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Brian Walshe for the murder of his wife, Anna Walshe, a Massachusetts mother of three who has been missing since New Year’s.
Walshe, 47, pleaded not guilty last week to misleading investigators about his actions in the days leading up to his wife’s disappearance. Morrissey said he is being held at the Norfolk County Correctional Facility and will be transferred to Quincy District Court for a murder trial on Wednesday.
The prosecutor clarified, “Additional details of the investigation and evidence supporting those allegations are likely to be presented during presentation, but will not be disclosed at this time.”
An attorney for Brian Walshe declined to comment.
The arrest warrant comes more than two weeks after Anna Walshe was reported missing from her workplace, prompting investigators to launch a massive search for her whereabouts.
Police found potentially gruesome evidence: blood and a bloody knife in the basement of the family’s Cohasset home, according to prosecutors; According to law enforcement sources, Brian Walshe’s Internet log shows searches regarding dismemberment and disposal of dead bodies; According to police sources, a hacksaw and obvious blood stains at the garbage collection site.
According to police, Brian Walshe told investigators he last saw his wife the morning of January 1, when she was leaving her Cohasset home in a shared ride or taxi to the airport to catch a work flight to downtown Washington. It was out In addition, she said she went to work for her mother in nearby Swampscott later that day and went out for ice cream with one of her children the day after.
However, prosecutors said there was no evidence that Ana Walshe carpooled or drove to the airport. And in a criminal affidavit, police said there was no evidence he worked for his mother on New Year’s Day. Prosecutors discovered surveillance video of Brian Walshe buying $450 worth of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and wire, for cash at a Home Depot on January 2.
The affidavit described Brian Walshe’s statements to police as a “clear attempt to mislead and delay investigators”.
Prosecutor Lynn Beland said in court last week that his statements “gave him time to clean up (or) get rid of the evidence.”
Anna Walshe’s workplace, Tishman Spear, reported her missing on January 4, when she did not show up for work. According to Brian Walshe’s defense attorney, Tracy Minor, she called his workplace to ask if they knew of his whereabouts before calling the police. Minor also said that his client “has been incredibly cooperative.”
The indictment comes after a series of tumultuous legal issues for Brian Walshe.
In 2021, he pleaded guilty to three federal fraud charges related to a 2018 scheme to sell counterfeit Andy Warhol artwork online. He has since been under house arrest and supervision as part of his pre-sentence conditions.
Furthermore, her father, Dr. Thomas Walshe, died in 2018, leading to a protracted legal battle over his estate. In court documents, people close to the family accused Brian Walshe of financial abuse, described him as short-tempered and violent, and said he had been diagnosed as a psychopath.
The executor of the estate, Andrew Walshe, said of Dr. Walshe’s relationship with Brian, “She had a major disagreement with her son.” “Brian absconded with a significant amount of his money; he had almost zero contact with Brian R. Walshe over the past ten years.”
Additionally, Anna Walshe told police in 2014 that someone threatened to kill “(her) and her friend,” according to an incident report obtained by CNN from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. A department spokesman confirmed that Brian Walshe was the person involved in the report.
The complaint was filed by Anna Walshe—then Anna Knipp—when she lived in downtown Washington. The spokesperson said the case was later closed as the victim refused to cooperate with the prosecution.
A spokeswoman said the couple’s three children, all between the ages of 2 and 6, are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.