COHASSET, MASS. (WHDH) - A crowd of area residents gathered in Cohasset on Thursday for a tear-filled vigil in honor of a missing mother of three as new information about her relationship with her husband was released.

Ana Walshe, 39, was last seen New Year’s Day and her husband, Brian Walshe, is now behind bars, facing a charge of misleading a police investigation in connection with her disappearance. Their three young children have been placed in state custody.

Participants at the vigil hugged, wept, and held candles at the 30-minute interfaith vigil, which featured music and prayers from gathered clergy members.

Through tears, Gretchen Sheets said the search for the mom of three made her “emotional.”

“It’s a very sad situation,” she said, “And I trust that they find her.”

David Ogden called it “sad, most of all for the little ones, what’s going to happen to them?”

Ana Walshe’s husband, Brian Walshe, has been ordered held on $500,000 cash bail on a charge of misleading a police investigation in connection with her disappearance. A police incident report from Washington, D.C. in 2014 alleges he threatened to kill Ana and her friends but the case was closed after she refused to cooperate.

News of the past death threat came as more than a hundred people came together to support Ana’s family and each other amid the ongoing search for answers.

Amy Marr said the vigil was a way to gain a “sense of community” as the search continues.

“I just needed to do something, there’s not much else I could do,” she said.

Delmy Munguia, who worked as a cleaner for the Walshes, called the situation “confusing.”

“It’s very hard,” she said, fighting back tears.

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