COHASSET, Mass. – One of the last people to see missing Massachusetts mother Ana Walshe before she disappeared has shed light on the woman’s final hours and his suspicions “that there may have been foul play,” according to a recent report.
Gem Mutlu rang in the New Year with Brian and Ana Walshe at their home in Cohasset, Massachusetts, and last saw the woman, a friend he’d met through her husband, when he met her around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 hugged in the morning. 1.
“We hugged and celebrated and toasted each other, exactly what you do on New Year’s Eve,” Mutlu told local news channel WBZ-TV. “There was a lot of anticipation for the new year. There was no indication of anything other than celebrating the new year, problems on hold.”
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Mutlu declined to comment when contacted by Fox News Digital on Tuesday and said he is working with a spiritual healer following his friend’s ongoing disappearance.
Speaking to WBZ, Mutlu said he and the Walshe family had a “celebratory” New Year’s Eve, which consisted of a “lavish meal” that Brian cooked.
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He recalled Ana Walshe “texting friends” and “sitting next to me on the bar stool in her kitchen.”
“There was absolutely no indication that even a little bit of tragedy, disappearance or anything else could have happened that night,” he reportedly said.
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Mutlu added that he found out about Ana’s disappearance on January 4 when Brian called him.
“I said what’s wrong? Is something wrong?” he remembered. “He said, ‘Yes, Ana is missing.'”
Walshe, a mother of three young boys, was last seen in the early hours of January 1 when she was scheduled to take a ride to a local airport to board a flight to Washington, DC
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The Tishman Speyer property manager was originally scheduled to leave for DC on Jan. 3 but reportedly said there was an emergency that required her to fly there earlier than expected.
Her company reported her missing to police on January 4 after he contacted the company and asked about Ana’s whereabouts, according to Brian Walshe’s defense attorney.
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But in the days between Ana’s disappearance and the missing person’s report, Brian Walshe allegedly lied about his own whereabouts. Investigators said Walshe told investigators he traveled to stores like CVS and Whole Foods, where he may not have actually been.
But he allegedly failed to mention that he spent about $450 in cash to buy cleaning supplies at a Home Depot store in Rockland, Massachusetts.
According to court documents and officials, Walshe was spotted on surveillance video “wearing a black surgical mask, blue surgical gloves and a cash purchase” of items including mops, duct tape and drop wipes.
Investigators also discovered blood and a bloody, damaged knife in the basement of the couple’s home and tracked Ana’s cellphone to the area of the family’s Cohasset home on January 1 and 2. Meanwhile, in other parts of Massachusetts, like Brockton and Abington, Brian’s cellphone pinged despite his lack of permission to be in the areas under the terms of his house arrest.
Officials announced on Tuesday that investigators had uncovered even more evidence related to their search for Walshe. They also appeared to have removed – and then replaced – a dumpster from Brian Walshe’s mother’s mother’s home in Swampscott, which is nearly 35 miles from the couple’s residence.
Brian Walshe was arrested on Sunday and charged with misleading a police investigation.
Police said the charges stem from Walshe’s alleged “intentional, premeditated and direct responses to questions about his whereabouts on the dates of Sunday January 1, 2023 and Monday January 2, 2023.” They further called it “a clear attempt to mislead and delay investigators.”
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Walshe’s defense attorney, Tracey Miner, argued that her client was otherwise accommodating with authorities, but failed to mention his trip to Home Depot. She noted that he was “incredibly cooperative.”
Walshe, a previously convicted art fraudster, was held on $500,000 cash bail on $5 million bail.
Mutlu told WBZ Ana and Brian Walshe, 46, have been “individually and collectively very influential in my life.
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“Both Ana and Brian have had a huge impact on my life. “Part of me had a suspicion the whole time that there might have been a bad game and that somehow the story didn’t work out,” Mutlu told WBZ.
“My biggest fear had shifted to the children,” Mutlu said. “I was wondering if the kids are safe.”
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A spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that the couple’s three children are in federal custody, but declined to provide further details.
Fox News Digital’s Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.
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