Ana Walsh’s last chilling note to her husband read: “Courage, love, perseverance…”
COHASSET, Massachusetts. Ana Walsh’s creepy note, written in bright red letters in anticipation of the new year at a New Year’s Eve party just hours before her disappearance, can only be published by The Post.
“Wow! 2022… What a year! And yet, we are still here and together! Let’s make 2023 the best year! We are the authors of our lives… courage, love, perseverance, compassion and joy. Love, Ana,” reads an ominous message written on the side of a box of Lanson Noble Cuvee champagne.
Champagne stands in the kitchen of Ana and her husband Brian Walsh’s family home, who appears to be largely untouched after a party that family friend Cem Mutlu also attended.
On the other side of the box it says: “Gem Ana Brian 2023!”
Mutlu had previously claimed that the party was fine, saying, “We hugged and celebrated and toasted like you do on New Years.
“We were looking forward to the New Year. There was no indication of anything other than New Year’s celebrations, the issues are on hold,” he told WBZ-TV.
Mutlu said he left the party around 1:30 AM, then Brian claims his wife woke him up a little after 6 AM saying she had an “urgent job” in Washington DC and left for the airport – one last time when he saw her.
However, exclusive Post photos also show two passports lying on the table top of the couple’s home.
Police said they have no record of Ana taking a taxi or leaving by plane that morning, and say her phone was still pinged from cell towers near her home on January 1 and 2.
Brian has since been arrested and jailed for misleading investigators as to his whereabouts in the same two days, delaying the search for Ana, who went missing on January 4.
A police search of the house also found blood in the basement of the house and a broken knife, according to Brian’s arrest affidavit. Anu has not yet been found, although the search continues.
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The couple’s three children, aged two to six, are in the care of the Department of Children and Families.
Also at the Walsh home, apparently left over from their New Year’s Eve party, are three bottles of AH Hirsch Reserve whiskey, starting at $3,000 according to an online search, left on the kitchen table where Walsh sat just a few hours ago. As you can see from The Post photos, a pumpkin decorated with a pirate theme stood next to the bottles.
A children’s toy fire truck also remained in the yard. In the depths, an open pool in the ground was filled with dirty water. The pool was previously searched by the police looking for any trace of Ana.
Friends of Walshe and Brian said she had acted strangely in the months leading up to her disappearance, promising a “big surprise” in the New Year. They also said she sold assets for cash, including selling her apartment and car for cash on December 28 or 29.
“Nothing adds up,” Mandi Silva, who has rented an apartment in Revere, Massachusetts, from Ana and Brian with her husband, told NBC Washington for the past four years.
Brian is on $500,000 bail and pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing a police investigation at Monday’s arraignment. He was already under house arrest awaiting sentencing for selling two fake Andy Warhol paintings on eBay for $80,000.
On Tuesday, police found potential clues such as a hatchet, bloody carpet and cleaning supplies while searching a trash can in Peabody, which is just north of Boston and just over an hour from the couple’s home, CBS reported.
Authorities also confiscated two dumpsters and a trash compactor from the apartment complex where Brian Walsh’s mother lives in Swampscott, a neighbor told The Post.
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