Police Received Ransom Note Demanding $127K for Ana Walshe’s Return, Court Docs Show

On Friday, a court released an affidavit showing that Detective Harrison Schmidt of the Cohasset police received an email at 5:18 a.M. On Jan. 7 from a Gmail account stating, “We currently possess the individual known as Ana Walshe… We had an agreement valued at $127,000… She made a mistake… We currently have her in our custody and if she fails to provide the payment… She will never return, and we are aware of the involvement of law enforcement agencies such as the police and the FBI… Best of luck locating us.”

In the court filing, state police stated that investigators are considering this suspicious email, but there are no instructions to contact and no timeline to demand a response.

The court documents show that the intended recipient of the subscriber’s information requested the information from Google on January 7th via email, regardless of whether the information they received was clear or not.

Prosecutors stated that Ana Walshe, a 39-year-old mother of three from Serbia, disappeared on the early morning of January 1st, after having a New Year’s Eve meal at her Cohasset residence with her spouse and a close family acquaintance.

He was ordered to be held without bail and last week at his arraignment, he did not plead guilty. He is accused of killing his wife, dismembering her body, and disposing of it. Brian Walshe, her 47-year-old husband, has been charged with first-degree murder, as well as improper disposal of a human body and obstructing justice by misleading the police investigation.

Ana Walshe, who worked for an international property management company in Washington, D.C., Divided her time between her family in Cohasset and her company. According to Ana, there were no emergency prosecutors involved, and the police were not notified first when she went missing. Ana said that her employer did not contact her until January 4th, when she returned to Washington after working on New Year’s Day. Brian told Ana that he didn’t contact her for emergency work.

Brian Walshe, the suspect, convinced his mother to hire a private investigator to prove that his wife was having an affair, as stated by prosecutors in documents released in court last week.

“Divorce.” On the next day, the mother hired an investigator on December 26th to conduct surveillance using her oldest child’s iPad that was used for searching the internet. The mother repeatedly accessed a page on Instagram belonging to one of Ana’s male friends from Washington D.C., Where she was working. Prosecutors stated that Brian Walshe repeatedly accessed the same Instagram page in December.

Ana Walshe went out with a companion in Washington on December 28th and became “unexpectedly emotional and exceedingly distressed,” as per prosecutors.

Ana informed her friend that Mr. Walshe was granted permission to leave and that he intended to relocate her three children to Washington, D.C. Ana believed that Mr. Walshe was going to be incarcerated due to his pending criminal case.

Based on records from the federal court, Brian Walshe had been placed under home confinement with certain allowances as he awaited sentencing in a fraudulent case related to the transaction of counterfeit artworks by Andy Warhol.

Last week, Brian Walshe, the lawyer for Tracy Miner, stated that an individual cannot be assumed deceased for a duration of seven years “since it is simple for an individual to vanish if they desire to vanish.” According to Miner, there has been no discovery of a corpse, no evidence regarding her death or the manner in which it occurred, and no weapon or motive associated with any potential murder.

According to Miner, Brian Walshe, Ana’s employer, adhered to a consistent routine since Thanksgiving, wherein she would be absent for extended periods and remained unreachable. Miner stated that Brian Walshe waited for three days before making a call.

According to prosecutors, Brian Walshe conducted various online searches using the child’s iPad starting on Jan. 1 and continuing for several days after. These searches included phrases such as “Hacksaw most effective tool for dismembering,” “how much time does it take for a body to emit an odor,” and “methods for dismemberment and optimal techniques for disposing of a body.”

Miner stated that in 2023, other popular searches included top destinations for a family getaway and “methods to establish a non-profit organization for tax-exempt distribution of significant lottery prizes.”

Investigators discovered surveillance video on January 3rd, showing a man who looked like Brian Walshe, throwing what seemed to be weighty garbage bags into a dumpster at an apartment complex in Abington, which is located near Cohasset.

Authorities have reported that Ana Walshe was identified with her name, COVID-19 vaccination card, and was last seen wearing boots similar to the ones owned by her mother, along with a Prada purse. Cleaning agents, a protective Tyvek suit, towels, a hacksaw, and a hatchet were found in uncovered trash bags during a search of Brian Walshe’s mother’s home, which is not far from a trash processing facility, on January 8th.

Ana Walshe, the beneficiary, had taken out a $2.7 million life insurance policy, naming her husband as the sole recipient, stated Prosecutors. Brian Miner stated that Walshe did not need the money. She also mentioned that his wealthy mother has given the couple tens of thousands of dollars.