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NORWAY ANNE-ELISABETH FALKEVIK HAGEN: Billionaire's wife kidnapped for $10M ransom - 31 Oct 2018 - Age 68

Discussion in 'Europe: Missing & Unidentified' started by Dobrev, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    Norwegian billionaire's wife abducted, kidnappers demand $10M ransom for her life


    The wife of a Norwegian real estate tycoon was abducted back in October, police only revealed on Wednesday, and the kidnappers are demanding $10 million ransom money in exchange for her life and freedom.

    Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, has been missing since Oct. 31, chief investigator Tommy Broeske revealed on Wednesday, with police saying she was abducted “against her will.”

    Her husband Tom Hagen, a real estate investor and owner of power facilities, is among the wealthiest people in Norway, boasting a total wealth of about $2 billion Norwegian krone ($200 million).

    Authorities said the suspected kidnappers left a note in the couple’s house, near the capital Oslo, detailing the fatal consequences if he refused to pay the demanded money in the form of the cryptocurrencies.

    “A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued,” Broeske told a news conference. “Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home,” he said, adding that police investigated several possible theories of the disappearance.

    The note reportedly said the wife would be killed if police gets involved, according to Norway’s VG newspaper.

    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.”

    The reason the authorities went public with the case is to encourage anyone with any information about the kidnapping to come forward.

    “Despite a broad and extensive investigation, we need more information,” he continued. “We have no suspects in this case,” Broeske said, noting police have been “on the case for several weeks. That is all I’d say.”

    He urged the family not to pay the ransom money and said that the people behind the kidnapping “have chosen to communicate digitally and we have had no other type of contact.”

    Norwegian authorities are working together with Europol and Interpol on the case. Police said the woman disappeared about 31 miles from the Swedish border.

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow! If they are communicating digitally, I would think that can be tracked?
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  3. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    I thought that too kimster. But they don’t seem to have made much progress in that time.
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Crazy! I wonder if they don't have the forensic resources?
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Kidnappers sent new message to family of Norway investor's missing wife

    Norwegian police said Monday a new message has been sent by the suspected abductors of the wife of one of Norway's wealthiest businessmen.

    "It was addressed to the family and sent to their attorney and the police," police inspector Tommy Broske told reporters.

    He declined to say when the message was sent or what it said.

    Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, went missing from her Lorenskog home in Akershus county, near Oslo, on October 31.

    Broske said police were "concerned that there was no proof of life," but noted that the suspected kidnappers had used a different means of communication than previously.

    The family's attorney Svein Holden said last month that a message was sent on January 16.

    When Holden made the announcement, he said the family wanted to get in touch with the sender via "a better" means of communication.

    Police have confirmed a ransom demand and payment request in a cryptocurrency, making it difficult to trace.

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  6. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    So was the ransom never paid?
  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Google Translate

    The kidnappers suggest how they can give life signs from Anne-Elisabeth Hagen

    After the NRK experiences, the supposed kidnappers will have sent a suggestion on how to send a life certificate, as her family - through Assistant Attorney General Svein Holden repeatedly requested. VG writes in a news report that they know the same information that NRK brings.

    The information is based, among other things, on this statement from Holden on Monday, when it was known that there had been renewed contact between the family and the supposed perpetrators: - If the family receives life proof, which the counterparty has outlined in his recent inquiry to us, then the family will work for to get Anne-Elisabeth safe and fast home.

    The communication between the family and the supposed kidnappers is now taking place on a new, encrypted platform, which according to the police is better suited for communication than the channel they first contacted. Neither Holden nor the police want to elaborate on which platform there is talk of or concretize the content of the communication.

  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I believe they were told to not pay until they received confirmation that she was alive. From what I can tell, anyway.
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  9. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    This would seem like an awfully long time to keep someone alive for money. I can imagine they are easily angered when they did not get what they wanted and fast.
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Norwegian police have 'no signs of life' of missing woman

    Norwegian police have said they still have “no signs of life” in the alleged abduction four months ago of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the wife of one of Norway’s richest men.

    The chief police investigator, Tommy Brøske, said: “We now must ask ourselves whether she is still alive,” but stressed they are not winding down the investigation into her disappearance.

    Falkevik Hagen, who was last seen alive on 31 October, is the wife of Tom Hagen, a media-shy real estate investor and owner of an electric company.

    A note was found in their house describing what would happen to her if a ransom was not paid. Norwegian media have said the ransom was €9m (£7.7m), to be paid in cryptocurrency.

  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police say abducted Norwegian woman probably murdered

    The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman who disappeared nearly eight months ago was probably killed and the murder made to look like a kidnapping, police have said.

    Online contacts with the presumed kidnappers earlier in the investigation were unable to confirm that those people were holding Hagen, 68, or that she was still alive.

    Tommy Brøske, the lead investigator, told a news conference: “As a result, our main hypothesis has been modified – Anne-Elisabeth was killed. There may have been an attempt to disguise the murder as a kidnapping.”.

    He added that the supposed abductors’ lack of a desire to “bank the ransom” was one of the other key factors behind the conclusion. He declined to state whether police had any suspects in the case.

    The family’s lawyer, Svein Holden, told reporters he viewed the crime as a “kidnapping that turned into a possible murder”.


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