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Brian Walsh held on bail; police found a bloody knife in the basement of a missing Cohasset mother

Brian Walsh held on bail; police found a bloody knife in the basement of a missing Cohasset mother

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COHASSET – Prosecutors said a bloody knife was found in the basement of the home of Brian Walsh, the husband of missing Cohasset woman Anna Walsh, and he allegedly bought hundreds of dollars in cleaning supplies after she disappeared.

A judge ordered Brian Walsh held on $500,000 cash bail Monday after he was arraigned in Quincy District Court. He is accused of misleading the police during the investigation into his wife’s disappearance.

Monday marks eight days since Anna Walsh was last seen.

Prosecutors said Anna Walsh was last seen leaving her home around 4 a.m. on Jan. 1 for a ride to Logan Airport in Boston for a flight to Reagan National Airport in Washington. During Monday’s arraignment, prosecutors said she never got into an Uber or Lyft.

Anna Walsh’s cell phone rang in the area of ​​the house on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, police said.

In 2018, Brian Walsh was charged with fraud in US District Court after allegedly selling two fake Andy Warhol paintings (see the criminal complaint below). As a result, he is under house arrest pending his sentencing in federal court and is required to report when he goes anywhere.

Brian Walsh said he went to Whole Foods and CVS on Jan. 1, but there is no surveillance video or receipts to show he ever went, according to prosecutors.

“It is also important to note that this is the first day that Anna has been missing,” police said in court documents.

On Jan. 2, he said the only time he left the house was to take his son for ice cream. Prosecutors said surveillance cameras at Home Depot caught him purchasing about $450 in supplies.

Court documents allege that at Home Depot, Brian Walsh wore a black surgical mask, blue surgical gloves and made a cash purchase. Police said the items he bought included mops, a bucket and a tarp.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the home Sunday and said they found blood in the basement along with a broken and bloody knife.

A defense attorney asked for no bail in the case, allowing a federal court to determine whether Brian Walsh violated his house arrest. Instead, the judge agreed to the prosecution’s request for $500,000 cash bail.

The I-Team has learned the couple’s three young children are being held while the search for their mother continues.

I-Team sources told WBZ that investigators are searching through piles of trash in Peabody in connection with the disappearance. Sources also say there is evidence that a car that was impounded had been recently cleaned.

WBZ-TV has obtained and confirmed the audio of a voicemail left by Brian Walsh for a friend of his wife. The friend, who lives in Washington, where Anna Walsh works, said a voicemail was left Wednesday. On the same day, she was reported missing to the police.

“Hello, this is Brian Walsh. I hope everything is going well. I just contacted everyone I could. Anna has not been in touch for several days,” Brian Walsh said in the voicemail. “If you know anyone who may have had contact with her, you know I’m trying to call everyone. I’m sorry to bother you. I’m sure everything is fine.”

Peter Kirby lives in Marshfield and is a longtime friend of the Walsh family. He called Brian’s arrest and the ongoing search for Anna “absolutely heartbreaking.”

“The Internet is full of people who have made up their minds,” Kirby said. “We were concerned that when they found nothing, Brian would become the target, the prime suspect. I’ve known him for years. His biggest fear is that Anna is gone. It’s really heartbreaking.”

Kirby said he texted Anna Walsh on the Thursday before she disappeared.

“We need to get back to our lives, but our friend Anna is still gone,” Kirby said. “Our dear friend Brian is in this terrible situation where he’s terrified and heartbroken and stuck in an endless loop of obscurity while the internet decides he’s the bad guy.”

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