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DNA Evidence, Google Searches On Dead Bodies Back MA Murder Case

DNA evidence that links Ana Walshe, a missing Cohasset, Ma., woman to bloody clothes and shoes left in a dumpster have led the state to charge her husband with murder. Brian Walshe was arraigned Wednesday on charges of murder and improper disinterment of a body, reports the Quincy Patriot-Ledger. Prosecutor Lynn Beland said it was DNA evidence on a pair of slippers, clothes and a disposable suit that led investigators to believe "Brian Walsh dismembered and discarded" his wife's body. Ana Walshe, the mother of three young boys, was last seen on New Year's Day. Her husband was arrested on Jan. 7 and charged with misleading a police investigation. The murder and disinterment charges were added Tuesday after DNA testing results showed both Brian and Ana's DNA on several pieces of bloodied evidence. A series of Google searches about hiding and dismembering bodies led to the additional charges.


On Dec. 27, Brian Walshe allegedly did an internet search of "What is the best state to divorce for a man?" Beland said that, "Rather than divorce, it is believed that Brian Walshe dismembered Ana Walsh and discarded her body." Beland said Walshe started Googling things like "How long before a body starts to smell?" "Can you throw away body parts?" and "10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to" on Jan. 1, the last day his wife was seen. Beland said surveillance footage shows Walshe buying several rugs on Jan 2., as well as cleaning products, tarp, the suit and a hatchet. That same day, she said Walsh searched "Hacksaw best to dismember" "Can you be charged with murder without a body?" and "Can you identify a body with broken teeth?" On Jan. 3, Walshe is accused of visiting apartment complexes to dispose of more than a dozen large trash bags. The bags were picked up by trash collectors and incinerated. That same day, Beland said he searched "What happens to hair on a dead body?" and "Can baking soda mask or make a body smell good?"

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