ANA Walshe’s heartbroken mom has broken her silence on son-in-law Brian’s horrific alleged Google searches and is holding out hope her daughter is still alive.
Milanka Ljubicic, 69, gave a tragic statement from her home in Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday where she addressed her daughter’s disappearance.
“I think that she just left somewhere to get away, maybe she was tired of everything … It is only my assumption. I still don’t know the truth about what happened,” the mother told NBC News.
“I just hope that she is alive. Anywhere, but alive. That is my only hope.”
It comes just a day after Ana’s husband Brian was hit with a murder charge at an arrangement meeting and pleaded not guilty, despite mounting evidence against him.
On December 27, prosecutors claimed that Brian’s alleged scheme began after he made an internet search for “what’s the best state to divorce for a man.”
On January 1, the day Ana vanished, investigators say that Brian researched alarming topics like “can you be charged with murder without a body” and “how to stop a body from decomposing.”
Ljubicic addressed the history, telling the outlet: “Yes, I have seen it, of course, it made me upset, but I just don’t believe in that.
“Because brian was never aggressive, he was never mad or furious, God forbid.
“I just cannot believe in it.”
Officials claimed in court that Brian killed and dismembered his wife and discarded her body, but this has yet to be proven.
The 39-year-old was last seen at their Cohasset home where they threw a New Year’s Eve party together.
Her employer declared her missing on January 4.
Ljubicic continued to have good things to say about her son-in-law, despite the fact that he was on house arrest for admitting to art fraud in 2021.
He pled guilty to acquiring genuine Andy Warhol paintings for $80,000 on eBay and then sending fake copies to the buyer.
A friend close of Brian’s family also accused him of trying to kill four or five people in a cutthroat fight over his late father’s estate.
Fred Pescatore claimed in a 2019 probate court affidavit that Brian was a “sociopath,” while his late father’s nephew Andrew Walshe alleged the accused killer stole $1million from his father’s estate.
Meanwhile, his mother-in-law said her daughter “never complained about her husband, never,” and added that she spent a combined total of 16 months with the couple.
“I always thought good of him,” she said.
“He was always in a good mood, telling jokes.
“He was the main cook in the house, always made us food.”
She went on to say that Brian even saved her life in 2021 when she was experiencing “some health issues,” but did not provide any details.
The mother-in-law also said she was unaware that her daughter accused Brian of threatening to kill in her 2014, according to a report obtained by NBC.
The report did not name the husband, but an agency spokesperson confirmed that he was the one accused.
However, the case was closed because of a lack of cooperation from the victim, and no charges were filed, the spokesperson said.
“I didn’t know back then, I’ve seen it recently in the media,” Ljubicic said.
“They got married after that, got kids … I don’t know what to say. I had no knowledge about it at all.”
“She was bothered by the fact they had to stay because in Washington DC, they had better living conditions, and she could not cope without children for so long,” Ljubicic said.
“They hoped this legal process around Brian would last only for a couple of months, and they can be together. But it dragged for a year or so.”
But despite the house arrest and tension, she stressed that she was never worried about the two’s relationship.
“We didn’t speak over the phone every day, because she was working a lot, but we exchanged text messages. And for me, those texts were enough,” she said.
Prosecutors are now preparing an argument against Brian and claim that he killed Ana before dismembering her body and dumping it in several locations.
Officials claim that some of her remains may have been incinerated before investigators searched those sites.
Investigators noted that they discovered 10 bags in a dumpster at Walshe’s mother’s Swampscott apartment complex.
The bags contained items that had stains consistent with blood, including rugs, a Covid-19 vaccine card with Ana’s name, a hacksaw, and a hatchet, prosecutors said in court.
He is being held without bail. His next court date is scheduled for February 9.
He was charged with Ana’s murder on Tuesday after initially being arrested on January 8 on charges of misleading police investigators during their investigation into her disappearance.