Kidnappers of Millionaire's Wife Demand $10M in Crypto

Kidnappers of Millionaire's Wife Demand $10M in Crypto

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, the wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen, went missing on October 31, but news of her disappearance had not previously been disclosed and police said they could not confirm whether she was still alive.

According to daily Verdens Gang, the ransom demand was for nine million euros ($10.3 million) in the cryptocurrency Monero.

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

This has reportedly prevented the police from searching for the kidnappers as aggressively as they would normally have done, while also limiting their ability to gather evidence in the vicinity of the couple's residence outside of Oslo. The family chose to follow the police advice'. He made his multi-millions in the real estate and energy industries.

The business magazine Kapital estimated Tom Hagen's net worth at around $200 million.

Police said the woman disappeared about 31 miles from the Swedish border.

The newspaper reported that the note said Ms Falkevik Hagen would be killed if police were involved.

Police added that officers do not know if she is being held in the same place since her kidnap or has been taken outside of Norway.

Mr Hagen's lawyers have told news outlets he will not comment on the story at this time.

The house of Norwegian Anne Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen who is the wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen
Image Police believe the kidnap happened at the couple's house

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.

"A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued", Insp Tommy Brøske told reporters.

"We have not known anything comparable in this country", said Broske.

"Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home".

'We need information, and that is why we now go out into the media.

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

"We have no suspects in this case".

Europol and Interpol have been connected, Norwegian police said at a press conference today.

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