Fire burns at former home of missing Cohasset woman

COHASSET, Mass. (WLNE) — A fire burned Friday afternoon at the former home of a Massachusetts woman who has been missing since New Year’s Day. 

According to ABC 6 News’ sister station WCVB, heavy smoke and flames were seen outside of the home on Jerusalem Road in Cohasset.

A source told WCVB that Ana Walshe lived at the Cohasset home up until last spring.

Zillow shows that the home had been sold on March 17.

WCVB said Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley described the connection as “a very strange coincidence,” and that it will be investigated.

Walshe, 39, was last seen at her home in Cohasset home by a family member.

Officials said she was reported missing Wednesday by both her husband, who lives in Cohasset, and her employer, who is based in Washington, D.C.

Fire officials said they fought the flames for about an hour. Most of their work had to be done from outside the property due to safety concerns, like the partially collapsed roof.

Three adults and a baby all exited the home safely, officials said.

According to WCVB, the State Police Special Emergency Response Team spent much of the day searching an area near Chief Justice Cushing Highway. They called off the search for the night around 6:30 p.m.

Officers told WCVB that they covered about one square mile during their search on Friday.

A family member told police Walshe was supposed to take a ride-share to the airport. Officials were able to confirm with the airline that Walshe did not board a plane this week.

“It was reported that she was trying to catch a flight during the early morning hours from Logan to D.C.,” Quigley said. “There was a flight booked. She did have a ticket issued for Jan. 3. She never got on that flight.”

Quigley added that Walshe’s cell phone has been off and none of her credit cards have been active since New Year’s Day.

Quigley said a K9 unit searched the Walshe’s home and plans to search it again.

Police said Walshe is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes, an olive complexion, and speaks with an eastern European accent.

Anyone with information about Walshe’s location is asked to contact Det. Harrison Schmidt at 781-383-1055 extension 6108 or email hschmidt@cohassetpolice.com.

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