Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kidnappers demand ransom for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand ransom for Norwegian billionaire's wife

The investigation has been continuing since then, police said, but was given "a low profile" because "very serious threats have been made".

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who is married to businessman Tom Hagen, disappeared on October 31 past year from her home in Lorenskog.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, has been missing since October 31, chief investigator Tommy Broeske said on Wednesday, with police saying she was abducted "against her will".

The missing woman's husband, Tom Hagen, 68, is Norway's 172nd richest man, according to the magazine Kapital, with an estimated fortune of 1.7 billion kroner (174 million euros, $200 million).

Police said a note found in the couple's house, east of Oslo, described what would happen to her if the ransom was not paid in the crypto-currency Monero.

In a statement, police said they had made the decision to make the case public despite threats from the kidnappers, in order to appeal for more information.

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There have been no signs of life from the 68-year-old, police say, but no indication she is dead either.

"There's no doubt that for the family, Anne-Elisabeth's kidnapping is a disgusting and inhumane act", he said, expressing hopes that news of her disappearance would lead to some kind of sign that she is alive. This has reportedly forced authorities to investigate the case in secret, supported by Interpol and the national police.

Detectives had been investigating the case discreetly for several weeks but decided to make it public on Wednesday in the hope that someone would come forward with information.

He said officers had been working on the case for several weeks and have urged the family not to pay the ransom. "It is demanding and exhausting to be in such a situation over a long period of time", he said.

Police believe she disappeared from the couple's home, some 31 miles from the Swedish border.

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

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