The husband of a Massachusetts woman who went missing around New Year’s Day performed more than a dozen disturbing Google searches, including «10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to» and «how to keep a body from decomposing.» in the minutes. before he originally told police he last saw his wife, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Prosecutors presented their evidence against Brian Walshe, 47, in Quincy District Court after issuing a murder warrant Tuesday in the death of his wife, Ana Walshe, 39.
In addition to being accused of assaulting and beating his wife with the intent to kill her, Brian Walshe is accused of moving her body or remains, according to the criminal complaint. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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Disturbing searches on the Internet
Evidence presented by prosecutors in court offered disturbing new details about Brian Walshe’s actions in the hours before and after he claimed he had last seen his wife.
In the early morning hours of January 1, an hour before Brian Walshe originally told investigators that Ana Walshe had left her home in wealthy suburban Cohasset, he did the following Google searches from the iPad from your child: «how long before a body starts to smell», «how to prevent a body from decomposing», «10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need it», «how long until someone inherits and «can you throw out the body parts?»
Later that morning, Brian Walshe’s Google searches included: «how long does DNA last?», «can you make an ID on partial remains?», «dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of a body,» «how to clean blood from hardwood floors,» and «what happens when you put body parts in ammonia?»
On Jan. 2, Internet searches for Walshe included «the best hacksaw tool for dismemberment,» «they may charge you with murder without a body,» and «they may identify a body with broken teeth,» prosecutors said.
That same day, he bought three rugs and cleaning supplies, prosecutors said.
Blood, weapons, DNA found in garbage dump
On January 3, surveillance video captured Walshe traveling to a dumpster in Abington, a city about 15 miles southwest of Cohasset, where he was seen loading and disposing of items that appeared to be heavy.
Police later tried to trace those bags, but they had already been destroyed after being collected and transported for crushing and burning, prosecutors said in court.
Brian Walshe also did more Google searches that day, including: «hair on a dead body», «what is the decomposition rate of a body found in a plastic bag compared to a surface in the woods?» and «does baking soda make the body smell good».
On Jan. 4, the day Ana Walshe’s employer reported her missing and police interviewed him at his home, Brian Walshe bought towels, a squeegee and a trash can at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Lowe’s, the officials said. prosecutors.
When authorities arrived at the home, they saw that Brian Walshe’s Volvo had a plastic liner and the seats were down; A few days later, the siding was gone and there were new void streaks, prosecutors said.
On January 5, the day the search for Ana Walshe was made public, Brian Walshe’s phone records show that he traveled first to a day care center and then to his mother’s apartment complex in Swampscott, about 40 miles north of Cohasset. Surveillance video caught him in an area of the complex where a dumpster was located.
Authorities later searched the contents of the dumpster after it was moved to a waste transfer station in Peabody, a town about 5 miles to the north, and found 10 bags of trash that included blood stains, duct tape, rugs, a covid vaccination card for Ana. Walshe, a hacksaw, cutting shears, an axe, clothing, and a Prada bag with which Brian Walshe had told investigators that Ana Walshe was last seen time.
Both Brian’s and Ana Walshe’s DNA were identified on slippers that were also found in the garbage bags, and Ana Walshe’s DNA was found on the clothing inside the bag.
On January 8, prosecutors searched the family’s home and found blood in the basement, a blood-damaged knife, another knife, a large heavy-duty tarp, and plastic bags. The police arrested him the same day.
There hasn’t been any activity on Ana Walshe’s credit cards since she was last seen, but phone records indicate that her phone was at the family home on New Year’s Eve until 3:14 am on the 2nd. January, at which time it went out. the prosecutors said.
Prosecutors also pointed to an Internet search they said Brian Walshe did on December 27: «What is the best state to get divorced from?»
The probable cause affidavit and arrest warrant, which would normally include the above details, are sealed until March 10, according to a court order.
No emotion in court
Brian Walshe entered the courtroom Wednesday morning just before 9:20 am, wearing a gray shirt and handcuffed, standing behind a glass partition. Throughout the above, Brian Walshe looked around the room but showed little to no emotion.
He only spoke once when asked by Judge Mark Coven if he understood the charges. «Yes,» Walshe replied.
In a lengthy statement, Brian Walshe’s lawyer, Tracy Miner, claimed that the media «has already tried and convicted Mr. Walshe.»
“It is easy to accuse a crime and even easier to say that a person committed that crime. It’s a much more difficult thing to prove, we’ll see if the prosecution can do it. I am not going to comment on the evidence, firstly because I am going to deal with this case in court and not in the media. Second, because the prosecution has not provided me with any evidence,» Miner said.
Miner asked the court to have Brian Walshe released from custody, where he has been since his arrest on January 8 on charges of misleading an investigation, which the judge denied.
Brian Walshe is being held without bail pending arraignment. He is next due to appear in court for a status hearing on February 9.
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