ANA Walshe was texting just moments before her shocking disappearance at a lavish New Year’s Eve party with friends, one partygoer has claimed.
Gem Mutlu was one of the last people to see the missing mother at the event held by husband Brian, 46, who was spotted in newly released video filmed days after she disappeared.
The search for Ana, 39, continues after she was last seen at her home in Cohasset, Massachusetts in the early hours of January 1.
Her husband Brian, 46, was arrested days after her disappearance and charged with misleading police.
Mutlu, who was with the couple at the New Year’s Eve party, said Brian prepared a “lavish meal” and described the night as “celebratory”.
“We hugged and celebrated and toasted what you do over New Year’s Eve,” Mutlu told 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.
“She texted friends,” he said.
“She sat 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.”
The next day, Mutlu said he was shocked when he received a call from Brian asking about the whereabouts of his wife.
“I said what’s going on? Something wrong? He said yes, Ana is missing,” Mutlu said.
According to her family, Ana was supposed to get a ride before catching a flight to Washington, DC.
However, her employer reported her missing days later when she failed to show up at the real estate agency in the country’s capital.
It comes as a new video of Brian has surfaced at a local store, a day after Ana was last seen.
The haunting footage revealed by 7NEWS shows the husband and father taking his son to a Norwell juice bar on January 2 to buy smoothies.
The couple have three children together, all of whom are currently in government care.
Brian, who is being held on $500,000 bail, has been accused by prosecutors of not being honest about his activities while authorities searched for his wife.
He told officers he got out to get ice cream.
But surveillance footage caught him buying $450 worth of cleaning supplies at a hardware store.
Officials claimed he bought buckets, duct tape and a tarpaulin.
According to prosecutors, authorities allegedly found blood in the basement and a broken knife.
When she disappeared, he was under house arrest on art fraud charges and is forced to wear a GPS device, meaning officers have a record of his recent movements.
Brian claimed Ana told him she was bringing her flight forward to January 1 due to a work emergency.
But police have said that Ana did not board a plane from Logan Airport that day.
According to police, she has left no digital footprint as her cell phone, credit and debit cards have been inactive since January 1.
It remains unknown whether or not she made it into a rideshare.
Meanwhile, in the days surrounding her disappearance, Brian reportedly googled “how to dispose of the body of a 115-pound woman,” law enforcement sources told CNN.
Speaking of the tragic situation, Mutlu said Ana and Brian “have had a tremendous impact on my life, individually and collectively.
“Part of me had this suspicion all along that there might have been a bad game and that somehow the story just doesn’t add up.”
Walshe was held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on February 9.
He has not been accused of being responsible for his wife’s disappearance.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7104085/brian-walshe-ana-final-moments-explained/ Brian Walshe’s eerie video emerges as a friend at the couple’s New Year’s Eve party describes Ana’s final moments before her disappearance