Kidnappers demand €9 million cryptocurrency ransom for wealthy Norwegian woman

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

"There's no doubt that for the family, Anne-Elisabeth's kidnapping is a awful and inhumane act", he said, expressing hopes that news of her disappearance would lead to some kind of sign that she is alive.

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".

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

The missing woman's husband, Tom Hagen, also 68, is Norway's 172nd richest man, according to the magazine Kapital, with an estimated fortune of 1.7bn kroner (£156m).

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The wife of one of Norway's richest men has been abducted from her home outside Oslo, with the kidnappers demanding a ransom of €9 million in cryptocurrency.

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

The house (C) of Norwegian real estate investor Tom Hagen and his wife Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who according to the authorities is suspected to have been kidnapped, in Fjellhamar, Norway, Jan. 9, 2019.

He said police had no suspects so far.

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Police have not said how much the ransom is, but Norwegian newspaper VG said it was €9m (£8m).

Investigators refused to comment on that report, but said worldwide police were cooperating on the case. Broeske declined to comment other than saying "the threats (in the note) were of a very serious character".

After a "broad and extensive investigation" came up dry, police have resorted to asking the public for help with the case, despite the potential danger. "That is all I'd say".

He said officers had been working on the case for several weeks and have urged the family not to pay the ransom.

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

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