Norwegian millionaire's wife likely to have been kidnapped, say police

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen

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".

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.

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

Police say they have no suspects in the disappearance of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the 68-year-old wife of Tom Hagen - a media-shy real estate investor and owner of an electric company.

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 Dollars 200 million.

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

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.

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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.

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

Mr Hagen, who is Norway's 172nd richest man and made his fortune in real estate and the energy sector.

The ransom demands €9 million payable in privacy coin Monero, which would account for 1% of the coin's total market cap.

"Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home" in Lorenskog, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Oslo, he said.

Police have received no proof that the woman is alive "but we haven't received any indication that she isn't alive either", Brøske said. The report also explains that Norwegian police have widened the investigation to include Interpol and Europol.

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

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