Local news outlet Vg.com reported that 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth, the wife of a Norwegian billionaire went missing from her home at Fjellhamar on October 31.
The police suspect that she has been kidnapped after the alleged kidnappers asked for a 9-million-euro ransom.
The kidnappers want the sum to be paid in Monero (XMR), a privacy-oriented coin.
Police Reveal the Details
The police have worked on a top-secret operation to find Anne-Elisabeth for 10 weeks but decided to release the fact that she is missing only now publicly.
The police said that they waited for this long to avoid threats to the life and health of Falkevik Hagen if the news went public.
Vg.com also reported that there has not been a “single sign of life from the woman” during the months she has been missing.
Apart from Kripos and Okokrim police, Interpol and Europol have also been involved in the search.
The Director of Public Prosecutions was also informed of her disappearance.
Many Norwegian media outlets also knew of the story but were requested not to publish until the police advised them to do so.
Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch, who also knew of the disappearance at an early stage, declined to comment.
According to the police, the woman was kidnapped from her home, and there were no signs of burglary. No video surveillance footage could help the police either.
However, they suspect that she was likely attacked in the bathroom.
Ransom Messages Ask for Monero
VG also reported that the kidnappers have asked for a ransom in Monero, a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency that has been notorious for its association with criminals.
Monero’s algorithm doesn’t allow the sender and receiver of the funds to be identified and makes the transaction obscure.
The ransom notes were also sent in coded messages, and the alleged kidnappers didn’t want the police’s involvement in the matter.
The police had to use false signs on cars when driving to the house. After an investigation of the home, they have reported a critical lack of tracks to follow.
VG called on any members of the public who may have information on the matter to contact their Journalists.