Ana Walshe's husband was taken in custody on Jan 7 and he has been charged with misleading the investigation, police said.
Ana Walshe, 39, of Cohasset, who went missing on New Year's Day, had begged her mother to come to visit her in Massachusetts, recent reports have revealed, per PEOPLE.
According to a statement by Cohasset Police Department, she was reported missing on January 4, two days after she was last seen leaving her home. Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley stated at a press conference, according to NBC Boston, that a family member who was at the home said they saw Walshe in the morning, around 4 or 5 a.m., on January 1. She was trying to catch a flight to Washington, D.C., for a work-related trip and she reportedly shared a ride to get to the airport.
Speaking with Fox News Digital, outside her Belgrade, Serbia apartment on January 9, Walshe's mom Milanka Ljubicic recalled the last text conversation with her daughter, "She just said, 'Please, mama. Come tomorrow.' This means, that clearly, there must have been some problems." Ljubicic had regretfully replied, "I can't get myself together in one day. I am 69 years old, I have to get my medications and a thousand other things." She further said, "She called again at 1 a.m. and I missed that call too." Ljubicic added, "She called her elder sister who was also asleep. Then she tried to call her maid of honor who didn't hear the phone because of the loud music. And now, I regret not getting the phone, because she's disappeared."
Quigley had earlier revealed that they were not able to confirm that she was picked up by a rideshare service, but they do know that she never boarded any flight from Logan Airport. According to police, she had a flight booked for January 3, and "it's been reported that she was called to D.C. to handle some type of emergency." At present, the police are placing her disappearance as a missing person case. "It's not normal that she's missing, so we automatically feel that she's in danger by the mere fact that she's missing,"
Quigley had further told reporters that Walshe reportedly had her bags with her when she left home on December 31. Her cell phone has been off since around January 1 and has been untraceable since this day. According to Police, Walshe regularly commuted between her home in Cohasset and D.C., where she works as an executive for a property management company, Tishman Speyer, per FOX affiliate WFXT.
The search continues for missing person Ana Walshe in Cohasset. Police along with our state partners the @MassStatePolice are assisting. 2 other sectors are being searched with the help of police K-9’s. Any information: email@example.com #bringcohassetanahome pic.twitter.com/oor8eH7hwf— Cohasset Police (@CohassetPolice) January 7, 2023
The company also gave PEOPLE a statement, "We are actively assisting the local authorities in their ongoing search for our beloved colleague, Ana, and are praying for her safe return." Abdulla Almutairi, a friend of Walshe, told WFXT that he heard from her husband on January 6 stating that he was concerned about her safety. "Ana loves her kids," Almutairi said.
Have you seen Ana Walshe? The mother of 3 from Cohasset has been missing since New Year’s Day. Right now crews are searching for her. pic.twitter.com/uRaw2HObnE— Abbey Niezgoda NBC10 Boston (@AbbeyNBCBoston) January 6, 2023
Quigley also said detectives are looking "everywhere" and "at everything" to locate her. Police are going through digital evidence for leads, but so far, local ring cameras and other devices "have turned up nothing." Police are determined to find Walshe, who has no known history of mental illness, as soon as possible.
ONLY 5 Investigates cameras were there as Brian Walshe was taken into custody and led into the Cohasset Police Department in handcuffs. #AnaWalshe #missingperson #Massachusetts pic.twitter.com/ZOrxgu3bdi— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) January 8, 2023
As per recent reports by NBC News, police are charging her husband with misleading the investigation and he was taken into custody on January 7. On January 10, investigators revealed they recovered a hacksaw, a hatchet, a rug, and a garbage bag with blood, believed to be connected to Walshe's disappearance, reported WFXT-TV.
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