Cryptocurrency ransom demanded for missing wife of Norwegian businessman

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October

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

Norwegian police had asked the media to stay silent on the kidnap, but on Wednesday chose to make it public in the hope that neighbours, or people hiking in the area, may have seen or recorded something that could help lead to the attackers.

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

The wife of one of Norway's wealthiest businessmen has been kidnapped by a person or persons demanding a ransom of 9 million euros paid in Monero, the most popular privacy cryptocurrency, according to several local news outlets.

There has been no evidence since she disappeared that Mrs Hagen is safe, police say.

"The family sees this as a cruel and inhumane act", lawyer Svein Holden told reporters.

Tom Hagen has an estimated net worth of 1.7 billion NOK (c. 200m USD), and is ranked 172 on Norway's rich list.

He is the majority owner in Elkraft-an electricity company he co-founded in 1992-holding 70 percent of the firm.

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

Police and Norwegian media initially kept her disappearance quiet but detectives appealed for information yesterday.

"A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued", Broeske told a news conference. We have not known anything comparable in this country.

The police made a decision to go public with the case after ten weeks because they wanted more information pertaining the case.

"As in all serious criminal cases, time is an important factor, and we rely on tips.to help us find the missing woman".

Police declined to comment on the size of the demand. Police refused to confirm the exact amount, but said they have advised Hagen's family not to comply.

The police statement said the main hypothesis "has always been that the woman was abducted against her will" and that "extensive" forensic work has been carried out at the home.

Kidnappings are rare in Norway, which prides itself on low crime rates.

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