Euro 9m in Monero Demanded in High Profile Norwegian Kidnapping Case

Kidnappers in Norway demand $10M Monero ransom for millionaire's wife

Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported that a demand for ransom corresponding to 9 million euros (US $10 million) had been made, payable in the Monero cryptocurrency.

She was said to have been attacked when raiders snatched her from the couple's bathroom at their house which is surrounded by woodland.

The kidnappers are demanding nine million euros [$10 million] in the cryptocurrency, Monero.

According to VG, a note written in poor Norwegian was left at Hagen's home warning that she would die if police were alerted.

"The family chose to follow the police advice", Svein Holden told reporters.

Police had no indication whether Falkevik Hagen was dead or alive.

Police believe she disappeared from the couple's home, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Swedish border.

He is number 172 on a list of Norway's wealthiest people published by the financial magazine Kapital, with a fortune that amounted to almost 1.7 billion kroner ($200 million) in 2018, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

To add on, since the disappearance of Falkevik Hagen, the police have not found any evidence with respect to her safety, according to the reports.

"There has been demand for ransom, and serious threats have been made in this case".

"Our goal is to find the woman alive and reunite her with the family", Mr Broske said.

'Our main theory is that the victim was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators at her home.

"The reason for us to go public with this case now is that despite a broad and extensive investigation, we need more information", he told a news conference.

Investigators refused to confirm the amount but said they advised the family not to pay the purported kidnappers. Broeske declined to comment other than saying "the threats (in the note) were of a very serious character". Norwegian police have also engaged worldwide counterparts in Interpol and Europol as part of the probe.

Kidnappings are rare in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of 5.3 million that prides itself on low crime rates.

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