Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

The wife of one of Norway's richest men has been missing for months and her kidnappers have demanded a ransom, police have revealed.

The wife of a Norwegian multimillionaire missing since October 31 probably has been kidnapped, police said Wednesday, adding that her suspected abductors have demanded a ransom reported to be over $10 million.

Chief investigator Tommy Broeske said the threats in the note were "of a very serious character".

Police refused to confirm the sum but said they had advised the family not to pay.

Norway's financial magazine Kapital named him 172nd on its list of the country's wealthiest people.

News of the disappearance was not made public previously due to a threatening note left at Falkevik Hagen's home in Akershus, near Oslo.

Police wouldn't divulge the size of the demand.

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, who is married to multimillionaire Tom Hagen, vanished on October 31 - but news of her disappearance was only just made public.

The house of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen is cordonned off in Fjellhamar East of Oslo
The house of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen is cordonned off in Fjellhamar east of Oslo

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik, the wife of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen. Police say they've been on the case for "several weeks", but "have no suspects" in the case.

According to the daily newspaper Verdens Gang, the ransom demand was for €9m (£8m) in the cryptocurrency Monero.

Broeske said "those behind have chosen to communicate digitally and we have had no other type of contact".

The kidnappers are said to have asked for the ransom to be paid in cryptocurrency Monero, which can be sent and received anonymously.

Police were scheduled to hold a press conference later Wednesday.

It said Mrs Hagen appeared to have been abducted from the bathroom of her home and that there had been "limited dialogue" with the alleged kidnappers over the internet. The report also explains that Norwegian police have widened the investigation to include Interpol and Europol.

Norwegian police confirmed that "a woman in her late 60s is believed to have been kidnapped from her home in Lorenskog", around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Oslo, but did not disclose her identity.

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