The husband of missing Massachusetts mother Anna Walsh has been indicted for her murder just months after she disappeared from a New Year’s Eve party.
A Norfolk County grand jury indicted Brian Walsh, 48, with murder as well as misleading a police investigation/obstruction of justice and improper transportation of a human body.
Anna, 39, disappeared from a New Year’s Eve party around 1.30am on January 1.
“Brian Walsh entered a not guilty plea to a murder charge in Quincy County Court in January,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. He said Thursday.
The indictment refers the case of the missing and presumed mother to Norfolk Superior Court. Morrissey says he will be arraigned in the coming weeks.
The husband of missing Massachusetts native Anna Walsh, 39, has been charged with her murder just months after she disappeared from a New Year’s Eve party
Brian Walsh, 48, has been indicted by a grand jury in Norfolk County for murder as well as for misleading a police investigation/obstruction of justice and improper removal of a human body
As of March 30, Anna’s body has not yet been discovered.
However, DNA evidence found during the investigation indicates that Brian killed, dismembered and disposed of his wife’s body parts.
He is now being held without bail.
Anna was eventually reported missing on January 4 after her employer said she did not show up to work her shift.
In initial interviews, Brian told police he last saw his wife when she left for Boston’s Logan Airport on January 1.
The pair were arrested a few days later on January 8 on suspicion of misleading the police investigation.
He was originally held on $500,000 bail after investigators said they found blood and a broken knife in the family’s basement.
Police also said they have surveillance video of Brian, wearing a medical mask and surgical gloves, buying $450 in cleaning supplies with cash at Home Depot.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Brian faces off Mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Anna was last seen at their home in Cohasset, pictured, in the wee hours of New Year’s Day after the couple threw a party
DNA evidence found during the investigation indicates that Brian killed, dismembered and disposed of his wife
In January, Anna’s DNA was discovered in several items and prosecutors said Brian had made a series of spam Google searches including:
How long before body odor starts?
How do we prevent the body from decomposing?
How to mummify a body
10 ways to get rid of a dead body if you really need to.
The Massachusetts pair also researched “dismemberment” and “what happens when you put body parts in ammonia,” investigators said.
It was also claimed at the time that other Google searches for “best hack removal tool” and “can you be charged with murder without a body”.
In the basement of the couple’s home in Cohasset, police found blood, a bloodied knife, another knife, heavy-duty linoleum and plastic liners.
They also found rubbish bags, some of which contained some of them Bloodstained items including towels, rags, slippers, cleaning supplies, rugs, and a Prada purse.
The COVID-19 vaccination card was also inside with a hacksaw.
Walsh left a vast digital trail on police through Google searches about divorce, murder, dismemberment and dismemberment of bodies, prosecutors revealed last week.
Anna was not reported missing until January 4, when her office called the police when she failed to show up for work. Her husband did not report her disappearance to the police
The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that “a number of items” were recovered from the Peabody Transfer Station after they rummaged through the trash for hours.
Sources say the Massachusetts State Police obtained the video of Walsh in the dumpster hours after his wife disappeared on New Year’s Day.
Officials announced that they had found blood in the basement of the Walsh family home in Cohasset along with a bloody knife that had been damaged.
Prosecutors alleged that Brian was unhappy in the marriage and wanted out.
On December 27, Walsh googled “what’s the best state for divorce.”
Police say he later changed his mind about how to rid his life of Anna.
The disappearance of Anna Walsh
January 1: Anna and Brian host a New Year’s Eve dinner party.
Last seen at 1.30am.
She did not show up for work in Washington, D.C., and there is no evidence that she ever made it to the airport for her flight.
January 4: The head of security at Tishman Speyer in Washington calls the police to report her missing.
The caller told the operator that he had informed her husband
January 6: A fire has been reported in the home that Anna shares with her husband
January 8: Brian Walsh has been arrested for misleading the investigation
January 9: Police revealed that they found blood in the basement of the couple’s home
January 10: Police revealed that they found rubbish bags full of bloody items, a slab and a hacksaw in a dumpster near the house.
January 17: Brian Walsh has been arrested for the murder
After initially being accused of misleading the police on January 8, Brian was charged with Anna’s murder on January 17.
Friends say the couple’s marriage was strained as a result of Anna’s grueling work schedule, which meant they spent much of their time living apart.
Anna lived partly in Washington, D.C. and Brian and their sons in Massachusetts.
He was someone with Tishman Speyer, the real estate company Anna worked with, who reported her missing in the first place.
A man who identified himself as the company’s head of security in Washington, D.C., called police in Cohasset to request a welfare check for her.
These statements contradicted Brian’s lawyer’s claim in court that he notified her work that she was missing.
Just before she disappeared, Anna was also photographed without her wedding ring in some of the final photos.
Friends said there was “tension” in the marriage because of her work schedule.
Her friends are now pleading to take care of her children.
The person who explicitly states that he does not believe Brian wanted to hurt Anna is the woman’s mother.
The Serbian Foreign Ministry said Milanka Ljubicic, 69, had signed an official request to receive documents about the case related to her daughter’s disappearance.
Ljubicic, who still resides in Serbia, told local media that she did not believe her son-in-law would harm her daughter, even though he was accused of killing her.
In January, Ljubicic told Fox News Digital that she had conversations with her daughter just before her disappearance.
The Serbian woman said, “She just said, ‘Please, Mom.’ Come tomorrow.” “Obviously there were some problems.”
Anna’s mother told the outlet, “And now I can’t forgive myself for not only letting things fall into place, but I go, and whatever happens to me happens.”
Milanka Ljubicic (left) with her missing daughter Anna Walsh (right)
Anna and Brian are shown on their wedding day in 2015. They met while she was working at a hotel in Washington, DC
According to arrest records and local outlets, Walsh is no stranger to legal trouble.
In 2018, he was convicted of fraud for stealing and attempting to sell two fake Andy Warhol paintings that he had advertised as originals.
He was the son of a wealthy family, and is now estranged from him. His family accused him in court files of stealing millions from his elderly father after the man suffered a stroke.
His friends called him a “sociopath” and said that all he cared about was his father’s money.
Brian and Anna originally met in 2008 while she was working at a hotel in Berkshire.
They married in Serbia in 2015 and later welcomed three sons together.
Anna began working for Tishman Speyer in February of last year, accepting the position of general manager for the company’s Washington, DC office.
Although Anna’s body was not uncovered, investigators said they had enough genetic material to link Walsh to his wife’s murder.