Missing wife of tycoon was abducted: Norwegian police

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2019

"We have no suspects in this case", he said.

Chief investigator Tommy Broeske, however, chose to "go public", because they "need more information" to help track down the criminals and bring Falkevik Hagen home safely.

Newspaper Aftenposten first broke the news of the kidnapping on Wednesday, saying it had known for some time about the case but opted not to publish a story to protect Anne-Elisabeth.

Broske at the Eastern Police District said the way Mrs Falkevik Hagen was abducted suggested "that these are professional offenders". It demanded a ransom of 9 million euros ($10.3 million) worth of Monero tokens be paid for her return.

"Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home" in Lørenskog, about 12 miles (20km) from Oslo, he said, adding that police had from the beginning examined several possible theories about her disappearance.

He owns 70 per cent of electricity company Elkraft which he co-founded in 1992, Norwegian media reported.

Family lawyer, Svein Holden, told reporters: 'The family sees this as a cruel and inhumane act. This method of payment would theoretically, and unnervingly, allow the kidnappers to receive the money easily and anonymously, avoiding marked bills or other hazards the traditional ransomer had to contend with.

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According to VG, a note written in poor Norwegian was left at Hagen's home warning that she would die if police were alerted.

"Our goal is to find the woman alive and reunite her with the family", Mr Broske said.

"The reason for us to go public with this case now is that despite a broad and extensive investigation, we need more information", Broeske told a news conference. "As things now stand, we advise the family not to pay". "A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued", Brøske explained.

The couple lived "a rather anonymous lifestyle", according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Police are working with Interpol and Europol on the case.

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

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