Norwegian police: Missing wife of tycoon was abducted for ransom

10 January, 2019, 17:28 | Author: Carlos George
  • Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, married to businessman Tom Hagen, disappeared on October 31 previous year from her home in Lorenskog, east of the capital Oslo. Norwegian police have urged Falkevik Hagen's family to not pay the ransom because transactions made in Monero usually can not be traced.

The kidnappers have threatened to use violence against her if her family does not meet their demands, Norway's newspaper of reference Aftenposten said, adding that there had been limited contact with the suspects.

Police were scheduled to hold a press conference later Wednesday.

Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported that a demand for ransom corresponding to 9 million euros (US $10 million) had been made, payable in the Monero cryptocurrency.

Police work outside of the house of of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen in Fjellhamar, East of Oslo. According to the local VG newspaper, the kidnappers left a written note in the couple's home saying the woman would be killed if the police got involved.

He is number 172 on a list of Norway's wealthiest people published by the financial magazine Kapital, with a fortune that amounted to almost 1.7 billion kroner (US$200 million) in 2018, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

The wife of a Norwegian real estate tycoon was abducted back in October, police only revealed on Wednesday, and the kidnappers are demanding $10 million ransom money in exchange for her life and freedom.

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Chief investigator Tommy Broeske, however, made a decision to "go public", because they "need more information" to help track down the criminals and bring Falkevik Hagen home safely.

"The family chose to follow the police advice", Svein Holden told reporters.

Police and Norwegian media initially kept her disappearance quiet but detectives appealed for information yesterday.

"We still have no suspects", he said.

The NRK broadcaster reported that the couple are known for a "secluded lifestyle" centered on their countryside home. Mr Broeske said they were working with Europol and Interpol on the case.

Kidnappings are rare in Norway, which prides itself on low crime rates.

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