Teary-eyed Cohasset residents gather for missing mother

COHASSET, Mass. (WLNE) — Dozens gathered in town square to honor missing mother Ana Walshe, 39, who was last seen on New Year’s Day.

Residents said they are hoping for the best but preparing for worst.

Walshe was reported missing by her employer in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4.

Police said they found a bloody knife in the basement of the family’s Cohasset home.

Brian Walshe, Ana’s husband, was arrested for misleading an investigation. He has plead not guilty to the charges.

Investigators also said Brian was seen by $450 worth of cleaning supplies in cash.

During a multifaith vigil, dozens of teary-eyed town residents gathered in prayer.

“This doesn’t happen around here,” said town resident Sharyn Silvia. “It shouldn’t happen to anyone, but my main focus is just for those boys to stay together. It’s not fair.”

Ana’s three boys, ages 2, 4, and 6, are currently in state custody.

Amongst multiple twists and turns since her disappearance, the community remains optimistic.

“You hope it seems more unlikely every day, but you still hope that there’s a positive with all the twists that have happened in this story,” said Ralph Dunham of Scituate. “You hope there is still something to cling to.”

Family friends of the Walshe said they are trying to get the three boys out of state custody.

Investigations are ongoing across the town and state.

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