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Norway businessman's wife kidnapped, ransom demanded in cryptocurrency

IANS  |  Oslo 

The wife of a Norwegian multi-millionaire has been missing for months after being abducted and the kidnappers have demanded a to be paid in cryptocurrency, the police said on Wednesday.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, married to -- a with an estimated fortune of 1.7 billion Norwegian krone (($199 million) made in the and -- disappeared from her home near on October 31, the reported.

The investigation had been continuing since then, the police said, but was given "a low profile" because "very serious threats had been made".

According to the police, someone claiming to be the kidnapper demanded a to be paid in the cryptocurrency Monero, a digital currency similar to Bitcoin. The Norwegian media said that the kidnappers demanded a of 9 million euros ($10 million).

"The main hypothesis has always been that the woman was abducted against her will," Tommy Brøske said in a statement cited by news. "During this time we have not received any signs of life of the missing person nor that she is no longer alive," he added.

"Extensive forensic investigations have been carried out at the address, and several tracks have been found in the house," the statement said.

Hagen's home is near the Langvannet hiking area and the police had asked anybody who was walking around the neighbourhood on the morning she went missing to come forward whether they saw something suspicious.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:58 IST