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Ransom demanded for Norwegian millionaire's wife after suspected kidnapping

Anne Hagen has been missing since 31 October last year.

anne hagen Anne Hagen Norwegian Police / AFP Norwegian Police / AFP / AFP

THE WIFE OF a Norwegian multi-millionaire missing for 10 weeks has probably been kidnapped and a ransom has been demanded for her release, police said today. 

Married to a real estate and energy magnate, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen (68) disappeared on 31 October 2018. 

“A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued,” inspector Tommy Broske told reporters today. 

“Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home” in Lorenskog, about 20 kilometres from Oslo, he said, adding that police have from the beginning examined several possible theories about her disappearance.

Police have received no sign of life from the woman, “but we haven’t received any indication that she isn’t alive either,” Broske said.

The cautious nature of the remarks could be an indication that police have not received proof that Hagen was indeed being held by the people demanding the ransom.

Police said they had no suspects at this stage. 

Norway Abduction A view of the Hagen home in Lorenskog, Norway Ole Berg-Rusten / PA Images Ole Berg-Rusten / PA Images / PA Images

According to Norwegian daily Verdens Gang, the ransom demand was for €9 million in the cryptocurrency Monero.

Investigators refused to confirm that amount but said that they advised the family not to pay the purported kidnappers.

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

Police have been investigating the case discreetly for several weeks but decided to make it public in the hope that someone would come forward with information, Broske said.

Broske said investigators have had “very limited” contacts with the self-described kidnappers online, but refused to disclose the date of the most recent contact.

The missing woman’s husband, Tom Hagen (68) is Norway’s 172nd richest man, according to the magazine Kapital, with an estimated fortune of 1.7 billion kroner (€174 million).

The real estate investor owns 70% of electricity company Elkraft, which he co-founded in 1992.

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