Norway billionaire's wife Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen being held for ransom

After the demand for ransom in monero – police urge family not to pay

The investigator said "the threats (in the note) were of a very serious character" and the police have no evidence that she's alive "but we haven't received any indication that she isn't alive either".

Police inspector Tommy Broske attends a press conference in Lillestrom, some 20 km north of Oslo, January 9, 2019 on the kidnapping of wife of a Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik missing for 10 weeks.

'We need information, and that is why we now go out into the media.

"A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued", Insp Tommy Brøske told reporters.

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.

In addition to investigations by local police, Interpol and Europol are now also looking into the case, although they have received "no signs of life" from Hagen since her disappearance in October.

The kidnappers are demanding $10 million dollars in exchange for Haden's release, which they want paid in the cryptocurrency monero.

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Launched in 2014 with a mission to protect the users from having their transactions traced, Monero is well-known as a virtually anonymous cryptocurrency.

Events like this are extremely rare in the wealthy Scandinavian country, which enjoys a generally low crime rate.

According to the magazine Kapital, the 68-year-old has an estimated fortune of 1.7 billion kroner (174 million euros, £156m).

Norwegian broadcaster NRK says the couple live a "secluded lifestyle" and asked the public to get in contact if any suspicious activity was seen in woodland that surround the family home. "Police have so far advised the family not to meet the requirements".

The wife of one of Norway's richest men has been missing for months and her kidnappers have demanded a ransom, police have revealed.

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

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