COHASSET, Mass. (WPRI) — The husband of a Massachusetts woman who has not been seen since New Year’s Day has been arrested, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Brian Walshe, 46, was taken into custody on Sunday and is being charged with misleading a police investigation in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Ana Walshe.
Authorities were seen at the Walshes’ home at about 9 a.m. Sunday, less than a day after Massachusetts State Police announced the ground search would not resume unless they developed new information.
The investigation spans both Cohasset and Washington, D.C., where Ana works during the week as a property manager.
Ana was last seen by a relative early on Jan. 1 when it was presumed she was headed to the airport to go to Washington, but police can’t confirm she got on a plane.
On Friday, her former home in Cohasset went up in flames but police say it was accidental and unrelated to her disappearance.
“Our dear friend Brian is in this awful situation where he is terrified and heartbroken and stuck in an endless loop of unknown while the Internet decides he’s the bad guy,” family friend Peter Kirby told WBZ in Boston.
Brian was on home confinement awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to several charges related to a fraud case in 2018. He is expected to be arraigned Monday morning at Quincy District Court.