Kidnappers demand ransom for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand ransom for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand ransom for Norwegian billionaire's wife

"As things now stand, we advise the family not to pay", Police Inspector Tommy Broeske said at a news conference, per Reuters, noting there's been no sign since October to show Hagen, 68, is safe.

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.

The paper also claimed the note said she would be killed if police became involved.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who is married to one of Norway's richest men, has been missing since October 31st.

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

"The family made a decision to follow the police advice", Svein Holden told reporters. He made his multi-millions in the real estate and energy industries.

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

As a result, investigators on the case are still left with "no suspects", despite having assistance from Interpol and Europol, and have Hagen's wealth behind them.

Many Norwegian media outlets knew of Mrs Falkevik Hagen's disappearance but did not publish any details after the police warned against publicising the kidnap over fears the attackers would harm the victim.

The paper reported that it appeared the 68-year-old had been abducted from her bathroom of her home in Lorenskog and that there had been "limited dialogue" with her captors over the internet.

The investigator said "the threats (in the note) were of a very serious character" and the police have no evidence that she's alive "but we haven't received any indication that she isn't alive either".

The couple lived "a rather anonymous lifestyle", according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Investigators refused to comment on that report, but said worldwide police were cooperating on the case.

Events like this are extremely rare in the wealthy Scandinavian country, which enjoys a generally low crime rate.

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