Brian Walshe’s note ‘responding’ to wife Ana’s disappearance

An astonishing note written by the husband of missing realtor Ana Walshe apparently addressing the public after her disappearance can be exclusively revealed by DailyMail.com.

What appears to be a prepared statement and a ‘to-do’ list scribbled on lined paper was found on the dining table at Ana and Brian Walshe’s rented home in Cohasset, Massachusetts, where the 39-year-old mother was last seen in the early hours of January 1.

The folded note, written in blue ink by Brian, is titled ‘Response to friends’, and seems to be his own scripted message to relay to concerned loved ones amid the growing speculating over his wife’s disappearance. 

Walshe, who is now in custody after being charged with misleading cops in the investigation, writes: ‘I appreciate your concern. Right now my focus is finding Ana and spending time with…’

What appears to be a handwritten prepared statement by Brian Walshe responding to his missing wife Ana's disappearance can be seen on the couple's dining table at their Cohasset, Massachusetts home

What appears to be a handwritten prepared statement by Brian Walshe responding to his missing wife Ana’s disappearance can be seen on the couple’s dining table at their Cohasset, Massachusetts home 

Right beneath it, a second note containing a list of numbered tasks is partially visible, starting with'1. Ta', believed to the word talk or tax

Right beneath it, a second note containing a list of numbered tasks is partially visible, starting with ‘1. Ta’, believed to the word talk or tax

The notes were evidently written after the 39-year-old mother disappeared after being last seen in the early hours of January 1

The notes were evidently written after the 39-year-old mother disappeared after being last seen in the early hours of January 1

Brian Walshe, 47, being held on a $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty to misleading police investigating the disappearance

Brian and Ana Walshe

Brian Walshe, 47, being held on a $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty to misleading police investigating the disappearance

The remainder of the statement goes below the fold and can’t be made out from the photo, but the tone suggests he could be referring to their three young children.

Right beneath it, a second note containing a list of numbered tasks is partially visible, starting with ‘1. Ta’, believed to the word talk or tax.  

It goes on to list, ‘2. Cal…’ and ‘3. Call …….tomorrow….’ 

The notes were evidently written before Walshe, 47, was taken into state custody and he emerged smirking after his court appearance on Monday.

DailyMail.com can also reveal an exclusive image of two US passports on the same table neatly arranged near the note, which was placed on a book titled, ‘The Obstacle.’

Elsewhere inside the home poignantly sits a baby’s bottle, with a small amount of milk still in it. A child’s stuffed toy lays face down on the wooden flooring. 

Meanwhile, there is a sparsely-adorned Christmas tree, with only a few ornaments hanging on it. 

A general view of the Walshe's kitchen and dining room at their Massachusetts home

A general view of the Walshe’s kitchen and dining room at their Massachusetts home 

DailyMail.com can also reveal an exclusive image of two US passports on the same table neatly arranged near the note, which was placed on a book titled,'The Obstacle'

DailyMail.com can also reveal an exclusive image of two US passports on the same table neatly arranged near the note, which was placed on a book titled, ‘The Obstacle’

Elsewhere inside the home poignantly sits a baby's bottle, with a small amount of milk still in it

Elsewhere inside the home poignantly sits a baby’s bottle, with a small amount of milk still in it

Pictured: The  family's sparsely-adorned Christmas tree, with only a few ornaments hanging on it

Pictured: The  family’s sparsely-adorned Christmas tree, with only a few ornaments hanging on it

On a countertop near the table is the box for a bottle of Lanson Noble Cuvee champagne on which Ana wrote a haunting message to her husband, revealed exclusively by DailyMail.com on Wednesday. 

On one side she wrote: ‘Wow! 2022… What a year! And yet we are still here and together! Let’s make 2023 the best one yet! We are the authors of our lives… courage, love, perseverance, compassion, and joy. Love, Ana.’

One another side there are the words: ‘To the Best…’ The final word of that sentence is undiscernible. At the bottom he wrote ‘12.31.22’ and ‘Love Brian’.

Following Brian Walshe’s arrest on charges of misleading the police, the couple’s three sons, aged between two and six, are in the custody of the state. 

Ana’s friends are now rallying in an attempt to gain custody of the children until the case is resolved. 

A friend of the family, Natasha Sky, told Fox Boston that two families are going through the legal process in an attempt to gain custody. 

She said: ‘They’re two families who have had play dates over and over already. They’re two families who are willing to adapt and take all three boys together.’ 

The ominous note that Ana Walshe wrote to her husband, hours before she vanished

The ominous note that Ana Walshe wrote to her husband, hours before she vanished

The Walshes have three sons, believed to be aged two, four, and six. Family friends are headed to court in an attempt to gain custody of the boys

The Walshes have three sons, believed to be aged two, four, and six. Family friends are headed to court in an attempt to gain custody of the boys

Ana, 39,  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 cops

Ana, 39,  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 cops 

Pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show the champagne box and three neatly lined up bottles of A.H. Hirsch Reserve Whiskey. The liquor sells for around $3,000 per bottle. 

The other side of the champagne box reads: ‘Gem Ana Brian 2023!’ Family friend Gem Mutlu was in the Walshe’s home on New Year’s Eve. 

Mutlu earlier told WBZ-TV in an interview: ‘We hugged and celebrated and we toasted, just what you do over New Year’s. There was a lot of looking forward to the New Year. There was no indication of anything other than celebrating the New Year, problems on hold.’

He left the Walshe family home, around 15 miles southeast of Boston, at about 1:30am on January 1. 

Ana was supposed to take a ride-hailing service to Logan International Airport for a flight to Washington, D.C., where she works for real estate behemoth Tishman Speyer., but authorities said there is no evidence she ever got into a vehicle or on a flight. 

Brian is being held on a $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty to misleading police investigating the disappearance. 

His attorney, Tracy Miner, said he has been ‘incredibly cooperative’ with police and she requested low or no bail.

Pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show three bottles of A.H. Hirsch Reserve Whiskey, which sells for around $3,000 a bottle

Pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show three bottles of A.H. Hirsch Reserve Whiskey, which sells for around $3,000 a bottle

The couple own several properties together ¿ including their home in Cohasset and a $1.3million house in DC

The couple own several properties together – including their home in Cohasset and a $1.3million house in DC

On Monday, cops said they had found blood on a damaged knife and in the basement of their home in Cohasset

On Monday, cops said they had found blood on a damaged knife and in the basement of their home in Cohasset

Security footage showed Brian near a dumpster located on Paradise Road near a Whole Foods' Market after Ana's disappearance  – with Walshe telling authorities that he stopped at the store while running errands for his mother

Security footage showed Brian near a dumpster located on Paradise Road near a Whole Foods’ Market after Ana’s disappearance  – with Walshe telling authorities that he stopped at the store while running errands for his mother

On Thursday, security footage taken from behind a liquor store emerged showing Brian near a dumpster just hours after she vanished.

He can be seen close to the garbage of a liquor store just a five-minute walk from his mother’s apartment in Swampscott – where police impounded several dumpsters.

Sources say Massachusetts State Police obtained the video, which shows Walshe at the dumpster hours after his wife disappeared on New Year’s Day.

The garbage bin is located on Paradise Road, with a camera near a Whole Foods Market – with Walshe telling authorities that he stopped at the store while running errands for his mother.

Meanwhile, family friend Natasha Sky told Fox Boston that, in addition to the two families already going through the courts to gain custody of Ana’s sons, she would also welcome them into her home. 

She said: ‘Our focus right now is the children. That’s why we want to appeal to the local authorities, especially the Department of Children and Families. If the children can stay together, that is what we are putting our energy into.’ 

Another friend, Pamela Bardhi, told the station: ‘You’ve got three boys under six years old dealing with what could be extreme trauma. You don’t know what they heard that night or what they saw that night. God knows what they’re in for.’ 

A prayer vigil has been organized for Thursday at 4.30pm in downtown Cohasset for Ana. 

It has also emerged that on January 2, her husband was spotted on security video at a juice bar in Norwell, Massachusetts, where he placed an order for three kid’s smoothies and two large smoothies. 

On the same day, surveillance footage showed him at at a Home Depot in Rockland, authorities learned.

Hannah Connors, the juice bar’s manager, told the news outlet it was not Walshe’s first visit and that the employees think of him to be somewhat of a regular.

New security video obtained by 7NEWS shows Brian Walshe, 46, at the Press Juice Bar in Norwell, Massachusetts, placing an order around mid morning

New security video obtained by 7NEWS shows Brian Walshe, 46, at the Press Juice Bar in Norwell, Massachusetts, placing an order around mid morning

Walshe was seen cracking a smile as he was handcuffed and led out of the station by officers

Walshe was seen cracking a smile as he was handcuffed and led out of the station by officers

‘I remember he was staying towards the door, towards the entrance,’ Connors said. ‘Usually, people will go sit down and hang out but he didn’t go over there. He was just waiting for it and he left as soon as he got it.

‘We know our regulars and stuff, but we were just too busy,’ Connors added. ‘I didn’t have a conversation with him, but just to think he was here is absolutely mind-blowing.’

On Tuesday, it was widely reported that cops had found traces of blood, a hatchet, a hacksaw, a rug and used cleaning supplies while searching dumpsters near Brian Walshe’s mother’s home.

Brian Walshe had been on home confinement while awaiting sentencing in a fraud case involving the sale of fake Andy Warhol paintings, according to federal court records. Cohasset police said Ana’s disappearance and her husband’s case seem to be two very separate things.

TIMELINE LEADING TO DISAPPEARANCE

November 2016: Brian Walshe is arrested in connection with an $80,000 art fraud of Andy Warhol paintings. He is ordered by a court to remain under house arrest until sentencing. Walshe has yet to be sentenced for the fraud.

January 1. 2023  Ana reportedly books a rideshare car to take her to Logan International Airport at 4am, but it is unclear if she ever gets into a vehicle or takes a flight.

Her husband claims he went to Whole Foods and CVS, but there is no surveillance or receipts to prove he went.

January 2: Walshe tells authorities that he only left the family home in Cohasset to take his son for ice cream.

He is caught on surveillance footage buying $450 worth of cleaning supplies in Home Depot. 

Ana’s phone pings in the area of the house on Jan 1 and 2.

January 4: Ana’s employer reports her missing. 

January 5: Police say Walshe is cooperating with the investigation into his missing wife.

January 8: Walshe is seen leaving the property on Sunday in a red Volkswagen. His three children are taken away in a separate vehicle.

Officers execute a search warrant at their home and found blood in the basement, along with a broken knife. The officers load a Volvo SUV onto the back of a truck while others search the grounds of their home.

Police arrest Walshe on suspicion of ‘misleading’ authorities but do not charge him with anything else. 

January 9: Walshe grins at reporters as he is transported to his arraignment at Quincy District Court. He is held on $500,000 cash bail.

Massachusetts State Police and local police took Brian Walshe into custody, believing they had ‘probable cause’ to think he had misled investigators in the search for his wife.

He did not tell police he had been to the Home Depot store, where he bought $450 worth of mops, buckets, tarps, tape and cleaning supplies on January 2, Assistant Norfolk District Attorney Lynn Beland said at the hearing in Quincy District Court.

Walshe did tell police that he had been to a supermarket and a pharmacy – though there is no evidence he had been to either store, she said. He misled investigators so he could either clean up or dispose of evidence, she added.

He has been accused by prosecutors of not giving a full account of his activities in the days after his wife vanished while the search for her was underway.

The couple own several properties together – including their home in Cohasset and a $1.3million house in DC.

They also owned another property in Massachusetts, worth $1.4million – which they sold last year before she went missing.

That was the building that went up in flames days after she vanished, but cops investigating the matter believe the fire is not linked to her disappearance.

This week, a friend of Walshe’s father claimed he was a ‘long-term patient’ at a psychiatric center and had been diagnosed as a ‘sociopath.’

Walshe had received treatment at Austen Riggs Psychiatric Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, before being discharged a few years ago, Jeffrey Ornstein alleged.

Ornstein, who was a friend of Walshe’s neurologist father, Dr Thomas Walshe, for 35 years, aired the claims in an explosive 2019 affidavit.

He also claimed Walshe had been estranged from the rest of his family after he had been accused of stealing millions of dollars from Dr Walshe’s estate following his death.

Walshe’s cousin, and two close friends of his father, made the claims against him in the scathing 2019 court documents following the death of Dr Walshe in 2018.

Ornstein said he had known Brian Walshe since he was 13, but said father and son had been estranged since 2009.

He claimed that, when Walshe was released from Austen Riggs after around 12 years and attempted to contact his father, Dr Walshe turned him down.

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Emma Colton

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