The spouse of a Norwegian multi-millionaire businessman has been lacking for months after being kidnapped, police have now confirmed.
Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, disappeared from her residence close to Oslo on 31 October.
The investigation has been persevering with since then, police mentioned, however was given “a low profile” as a result of “very severe threats have been made”.
The abductors have demanded €9m ($10m; £8m), Norwegian media report.
Broadcaster NRK mentioned the ransom had been demanded in an equal quantity of the cryptocurrency Monero – a digital foreign money just like Bitcoin.
Mrs Hagen is married to Tom Hagen, a businessman with an estimated fortune of 1.7bn Norwegian krone (€174m; £156m) made in the true property and power industries.
Norway’s monetary journal Kapital named him 172nd on its listing of the nation’s wealthiest folks.
NRK says the couple dwell a “secluded way of life” in Lorenskog, east of Oslo, describing Tom Hagen as “media-shy and personal”.
There was no proof since she disappeared that Mrs Hagen is protected, police say.
“Because the case now stands, police have suggested the household to not settle the declare,” Tommy Broske, head of the investigation unit, mentioned.
Information of the months-long disappearance was first reported by the newspaper Aftenposten early on Wednesday, which mentioned it had recognized concerning the case for a while however had chosen to not publish particulars to guard Mrs Hagen.
It mentioned Mrs Hagen appeared to have been kidnapped from the toilet of her residence and that there had been “restricted dialogue” with the alleged kidnappers over the web.
On Wednesday morning, as Aftenposten printed its report, police put a cordon across the couple’s residence.
In an announcement, police mentioned that they had made the choice to make the case public regardless of threats from the abductors, as a way to attraction for extra data.
The police assertion mentioned the primary speculation “has all the time been that the lady was kidnapped in opposition to her will” and that “in depth” forensic work has been carried out on the residence.
“Our objective is to search out the lady alive and reunite her with the household,” mentioned Mr Broske.
“As in all severe legal instances, time is a vital issue, and we depend on ideas… to assist us discover the lacking lady.”
Mr Hagen’s attorneys have advised information retailers he won’t touch upon the story right now.