Kidnappers have demanded a £8million ransom to be paid in cryptocurrency for the wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman.
Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, the wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen, went missing in a rare suspected kidnapping on October 31.
News of her disappearance had not previously been disclosed.
And now police have revealed her family has received a ransom demand, adding that there have been “serious threats” made in this case.
Advice given from police is that the family should not pay – although they declined to comment on the size of the demand.
Business magazine Kapital estimated Tom Hagen’s net worth to be around $200million (£157,110,000).
Police Inspector Tommy Broeske told a news conference: “There has been demand for ransom, and serious threats have been made in this case.
“As things now stand, we advise the family not to pay.”
Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported that a ransom corresponding to 9 million euros (£8,091,957) had been made, payable in the Monero cryptocurrency.
Kidnappings are rare in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of 5.3 million that prides itself on low crime rates.