Ana Walsh’s friend said the missing Massachusetts mother’s loyalty and kindness to her husband and suspected killer may have led to her death, as she expressed her hope that he would face justice.
Brian Walsh is expected to appear in Quincy District Court on Wednesday after he was charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his wife.
The 47-year-old has been in jail since January 8, when he was charged with obstructing a police investigation, trying to cover up evidence and lying about his actions after Ana went missing on New Year’s Day.
Natasha Babushkina, one of Ana’s friends, expressed relief that Brian was now charged with murder.
“Absolute relief and hope for justice,” Natasha Babushkina told Fox News Digital.
“When I found out, half of the world was relieved because not knowing this possibility or not having even the slightest chance of bringing Brian to justice would be an absolute horror for her and her children,” she said.
Babushkina added that the murder charge to some extent “closes” the case, which made headlines across the country.
“The police need to have solid evidence,” like blood tests, she said. “It’s scary to say that I hope so, but it’s better to know the truth than not to know anything at all. Right?”
Babushkina also spoke about how, in her opinion, the fidelity of a friend to her husband could lead to her death.
“My last impression of Anna is that she was so kind and sincere. She always, always protected Brian, gave him a chance. She was too good to be true. So maybe that kindness killed her,” Babushkina told the news agency.
“It sounds terrible, but I got the impression that she was a giver,” she added.
The couple’s three sons, aged 2, 4 and 6, have been placed under the care of the Department of Children and Family Affairs.
“We still have to stand up for the children and make sure that they are together,” Babushkina said. “Please keep these boys together.”
On Tuesday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey did not discuss what additional evidence led to the murder charge.
“Additional details of the investigation and evidence supporting these allegations will most likely be presented at arraignment but have not yet been released,” he said.
Brian told investigators that he last saw his 39-year-old wife alive in the early hours of January 1, when he said she left their home in the picturesque coastal town of Cohasset on “urgent work.”
Ana traveled from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. because of her job at real estate developer Tishman Speyer. There is no record of her getting into a taxi or flying to Washington.
Her employer first reported her disappearance around noon on January 4, while Brian only reported her disappearance later that day.
On CCTV footage, he was seen shopping for $450 worth of cleaning supplies at Home Depot on January 2. Police also found a broken knife and blood in the basement of the couple’s home, although prosecutors did not say whose blood it was.
A subsequent search of Brian’s mother’s home and a nearby recycling facility turned up items such as a hacksaw, a hatchet, and a rug.
Brian also allegedly searched Google for “how to dispose of the body of a 115-pound woman” days after his wife’s disappearance.
He pleaded not guilty to the original charge and is being held on $500,000 bail.