The husband of a Massachusetts woman who has been missing since New Year’s has searched online for ways to dismember and dispose of her body, and clothes and other items belonging to the woman with her DNA have been found at a recycling plant, prosecutors said. said at his arraignment Wednesday on the murder and other charges.
On behalf of 47-year-old Brian Walsh, a non-guilty plea was entered and he was held without bail in Quincy District Court.
Dressed in a gray sweater and beige trousers, he stood impassive as the prosecutor presented the state’s case, saying nothing other than saying yes when the judge asked if he understood the allegations.
His attorney, Tracey Miner, did not dispute the bail, but has said in the past that her client cooperated with the investigation.
Walsh was already in custody on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty earlier this month to misleading investigators looking for Ana Walsh, 39, whose body has not been found.
The couple, whose three young children are now in the care of the state, lived in the wealthy coastal community of Cohasset, about 15 miles southeast of Boston.
Starting January 1st and for several days thereafter, Brian Walsh, using an iPad owned by one of his sons, performed multiple Internet searches using terms such as “dismemberment and the best ways to dispose of the body”, “how long will it take, before the body starts to smell.” ” and “a hacksaw is the best tool for dismemberment,” prosecutor Lynn Beland said in court.
Investigators also found surveillance footage on January 3 of a man resembling Walsh tossing heavy trash bags into a trash can at an apartment complex in Abington, near Cohasset.
“Surveillance shows the defendant’s Volvo, as well as a man resembling the defendant, getting out of the car near the dumpster,” Beland said. “He goes to the trash can with a trash bag. He leans over and it feels heavy as he has to lift it into the trash can.”
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When the police arrived at the family’s home on January 4 to check if it was still missing, they noticed that the car had its seats folded and a plastic liner in the back. According to Beland, chemists later found blood in the car.
During a January 8 search of a recycling facility in Peabody, north of Boston and near the home of Brian Walsh’s mother, investigators found trash bags containing an axe, a hacksaw, towels and a Tyvek hazmat suit, cleaning supplies, Prada. According to Beland, a bag, shoes similar to the ones Ana Walsh was last seen wearing, and a COVID-19 vaccination card with her name on it.
Some items had what appeared to be human blood on them, she said, and testing showed that both Ana and Brian Walsh were “contributors” to their DNA.
Ana Walsh was last seen leaving her home in the early hours of January 1, ostensibly to take a car to Logan International Airport and fly to Washington, authorities said. But the police did not find any indication that she was driving or taking any flight from Logan.
Authorities said she went missing on Jan. 4 from her employer in Washington, DC, where the couple have a home and commute frequently during the week to work for a real estate company.
Authorities searched the family’s home, a wooded area near the home, a recycling facility in Peabody north of Boston, and an apartment complex where Brian Walsh’s mother lives. Authorities had previously reported that knives and blood had been found in the basement of the family home.
Authorities also previously said that Brian Walsh was seen on surveillance video buying hundreds of dollars worth of cleaning products at a home improvement store.
Brian Walsh according to federal court records, was under house arrest, with few exceptions, awaiting sentencing in a fraud case involving the sale of counterfeit Andy Warhol paintings. Police said Ana Walsh’s disappearance and her husband’s case were unrelated.
Ana Valse’s mother, who is originally from Serbia, told Belgrade-based daily Kurir ahead of the charges on Wednesday that she did not believe her son-in-law had harmed her daughter.
“My son-in-law would not do anything to hurt my Anya and I don’t believe any of the allegations that have so far been linked to the possibility that Brian hurt her,” Milanka Ljubicic said.
“He assured me that Ana is fine and alive, and I believe him. I am shocked by the new details that she was allegedly killed, because I still hope that she is alive and well.”
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