Wife of Norwegian millionaire kidnapped

After the demand for ransom in monero – police urge family not to pay

Norway's police said Wednesday the missing wife of one of Norway's richest men has been abducted, and that her suspected kidnappers have demanded a ransom.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen, hasn't been seen since vanishing from her home east of Oslo on Halloween, though Norwegian media report kidnappers have demanded the equivalent of $10 million in Monero cryptocurrency for her safe return, per the BBC.

Chief investigator Tommy Broeske said 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October 31.

Svein Holden, Hagen's lawyer, told reporters the abduction was "a cruel and an inhuman act".

Norwegian police believe that the 68-year-old was taken from her home in Sloraveien, with forensics teams analysing traces of the kidnappers in the bathroom of Hagen's detached house.

According to VG, a note written in poor Norwegian was left at Hagen's home warning that she would die if police were alerted.

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The missing woman's husband, Tom Hagen, is listed as the 172nd wealthiest person in Norway, with a net worth of 1.7 billion kroner, or about United States dollars 200 million. He made his multi-millions in the real estate and energy industries.

Police said the woman disappeared about 31 miles from the Swedish border.

Broadcaster NRK said the ransom had been demanded in an equivalent amount of the cryptocurrency Monero - a digital currency similar to Bitcoin.

The police are now asking the public for any information regarding the search for Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen. Police have received no signs whether Falkevik Hagen was still alive, "but we haven't either received any sign that she is not alive", he added. Broeske declined to comment other than saying "the threats (in the note) were of a very serious character". "Police have so far advised the family not to meet the requirements".

Such events are extremely rare in the wealthy Scandinavian country, which enjoys a generally low crime rate.

Investigators refused to comment on that report, but said global police were cooperating on the case.

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