NOWELL, MASS. (WHDH) – A search for evidence spanning multiple cities continues this week as authorities gather leads in the search for a missing Cohasset woman, including every trip and stop by the woman’s husband.
A day after Ana Walshe was last seen and two days before she was reported missing, her husband Brian made a series of stops that have come under scrutiny since the police expanded their search.
Walshe has previously been charged with misleading a police investigation and is currently in custody. He was being held on $500,000 bail and accused by prosecutors of not fully reporting his activities during the search for his wife.
Part of these activities included a trip to Norwell on Monday January 2nd, the day after Ana was last seen early on New Year’s Day. Authorities say Brian claimed he took his son on a trip to get smoothies. On the same day, court officials said surveillance footage showed him at a Home Depot in Rockland, where he bought $450 worth of cleaning supplies, including mops, a bucket and tarps.
New video from 7NEWS shows Walshe buying smoothies that day, and security video shows him pacing the Press Juice Bar in Norwell, placing an order around mid-morning.
“It was pretty busy — I was just making stuff, so I didn’t really have any interaction with him,” said Hannah Connors, the juice bar’s manager. “It was just the transaction at the checkout and that was it.”
According to a receipt from the store, at 9:57 a.m. Walshe ordered three kid-sized chocolate peanut butter smoothies and two large peanut, banana and honey smoothies.
“I remember that he stayed towards the door, towards the entrance,” Connors said. “Usually people sit down and hang out, but he didn’t go there. He was just waiting for it and left as soon as he got it.”
Court documents indicated that Walshe was under house arrest while awaiting trial of a federal crime. He was allowed to leave his house between 8am and 10:30am to take his children to school. The video in the store shows the manager showing him out during these hours.
“I grabbed the little stopper on the door just to open it, and he had the tray, so I was like, ‘Oh, let me grab the door,'” the manager said.
Walshe was arrested days after the visit and charged with misleading police: news that left workers at the juice bar in disbelief.
“We know our regulars and stuff, but we’ve just been too busy,” added Connors. “I haven’t spoken to him, but just to think that he was here is absolutely mind-blowing.”
Workers say Walshe paid for his order with a credit card and that it wasn’t his first visit as staff consider him a regular customer.
Almost a week later he appeared in Quincy Circuit Court. Prosecutors said he misled police by telling them Ana drove to the airport in an Uber or Lyft on Jan. 1 to fly to Washington DC, where she works for a real estate agency. However, officials said there was no evidence that she left the home and that her phone pinged where she lived on January 2.
Further investigations have led officials to multiple locations in recent days, including a search at a Peabody transfer station which authorities say has collected a number of items that will be tested to see if they are linked to the case.
7NEWS sources confirmed that some of the evidence found included a hacksaw, pieces of carpet, trash bags with blood on fabric, and evidence related to cleaning supplies.
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