Police in Norway say the wife of a billionaire property developer, who has been missing for 10 weeks, has probably been kidnapped.
Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen was last seen on 31st October and, after carrying out discreet enquiries for several weeks, police have now gone public saying that a ransom demand has been received in return for her release.
Norwegian newspaper VG reports that kidnappers want 9 million euro paid in the cryptocurrency Monero.
Inspector Tommy Brøske told reporters in Lillestrøm: “Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home” near Oslo. They have no proof that Mrs. Hagen is alive, but Brøske added, "we haven’t received any indication that she isn’t alive either.”
Her husband Tom Hagen is one of Norway's richest men with an estimated net worth of 1.7bn kroner ($200m/£150m) earned through property and a 70% ownership of energy company Elkraft.
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