FJELLHAMAR, Norway – Norwegian authorities confirmed on Wednesday that a 68-year-old woman who went missing 10 weeks ago from her home in a village near Oslo was abducted.
The eastern police district of Oslo launched an investigation into Anne-Elisabeth Hagen’s disappearance after she went missing in late October from her village of Fjellhamar, 15.7 kilometers (9.7 miles) east of the capital. She is the wife of Tom Hagen, whose wealth is estimated at 1.7 billion Norwegian kroner ($199 million).
“The main hypothesis has always been that the woman was abducted against her will,” Inspector Tommy Brøske said in a statement. “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.
According to the police, someone claiming to be the kidnapper demanded a ransom to be paid in the cryptocurrency Monero, a digital currency created in 2014 similar to Bitcoin.
Norwegian media said the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of 9 million euros ($10.3 million).
The police explained that a low profile had been kept over the alleged abduction due to the fact that serious threats had been made.
Hagen’s home is near the Langvannet hiking area and police have asked anybody who was walking around the neighborhood on the morning she went missing to come forward whether they saw something suspicious.