Wife of Norwegian millionaire missing for months after abduction

The wife of a Norwegian multimillionaire missing since October 31 probably has been kidnapped, police said Wednesday, adding that her suspected abductors have demanded a ransom reported to be over $10 million.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who is married to businessman Tom Hagen, disappeared on October 31 a year ago from her home in Lorenskog.

Chief investigator Tommy Broeske said 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October 31.

This has reportedly prevented the police from searching for the kidnappers as aggressively as they would normally have done, while also limiting their ability to gather evidence in the vicinity of the couple's residence outside of Oslo.

It said Mrs Hagen appeared to have been abducted from the bathroom of her home and that there had been "limited dialogue" with the alleged kidnappers over the internet.

The missing woman's husband, Tom Hagen, 68, is Norway's 172nd richest man, according to the magazine Kapital, with an estimated fortune of 1.7 billion kroner (174 million euros, $200 million). He made his multi-millions in the real estate and energy industries.

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

The newspaper reported that the note said Ms Falkevik Hagen would be killed if police were involved.

Through his lawyers, he's decliend to comment on his wife's disappearance.

"A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued", Broeske told a news conference.

'We need information, and that is why we now go out into the media.

Police have received no proof that the woman is alive "but we haven't received any indication that she isn't alive either", Brøske said. "Police have so far advised the family not to meet the requirements".

The couple lived "a rather anonymous lifestyle", according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Norwegian authorities are working together with Europol and Interpol on the case.

Such events are extremely rare in the Scandinavian country, which enjoys a generally low crime rate.