OSLO — The spouse of a rich Norwegian businessman has gone lacking in a uncommon suspected kidnapping and her household has obtained a ransom demand to be paid in cryptocurrency, police stated on Wednesday.
Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, the spouse of actual property investor Tom Hagen, went lacking on Oct. 31, however information of her disappearance had not beforehand been disclosed and police stated they may not affirm whether or not she was nonetheless alive.
“There was demand for ransom, and critical threats have been made on this case,” Police Inspector Tommy Broeske instructed a information convention. “As issues now stand, we advise the household to not pay.”
Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported demand for ransom comparable to 9 million euros (US $10 million) had been made, payable within the Monero cryptocurrency.
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Police declined to touch upon the dimensions of the demand.
“The household sees this as a merciless and inhumane act,” lawyer Svein Holden instructed reporters.
“We hope that by going public, contact might be established and that the household will get affirmation that each one is properly with Anne-Elisabeth…If we do, they’re ready to start out a course of that would result in her return,” Holden stated.
He declined to say whether or not such a course of might ultimately result in a ransom being paid.
The enterprise journal Kapital estimated Tom Hagen’s internet value at round $200 million.
Kidnappings are uncommon in Norway, which prides itself on low crime charges.
(Reporting by Ole Petter Skonnord and Terje Solsvik)