Tips pour in from public in kidnapping case

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Police have received more than 600 tips from the public regarding the mysterious disappearance and suspected kidnapping of the wife of a wealthy Norwegian investor. Many of the tips involve where the alleged kidnappers may be hiding her.

Anne-Elisabeth Hagen disappeared on October 31 from the home in Fjellhamar that she shared with her husband Tom Hagen, who’s said to be worth around NOK 1.8 billion. He has avoided the media spotlight, but police have said he told them that he came home from work to find his wife gone and a ransom note left in the home. It was written in poor Norwegian, probably from the Google Translate service, and demanded EUR 9 million to be paid using the crypto currency known as Monero.

Hagen was advised by police against paying ransom and there reportedly has been no further contact from any abductors nor any signs of life from Hagen’s wife. Police finally went public with the case last week in a move aimed at prodding contact from those demanding the ransom, to no avail as of yet.

Their request for tips from the public has, however, been met even though nearly 11 weeks have passed since Anne-Elisabeth Hagen’s disappearance. Members of the public have reported observations, provided names with leads to follow and responded to videos released by the police of three men, two walking and one cycling in front of Tom Hagen’s office on the morning of October 31. The cyclist has since been cleared in the case, while police still haven’t established the identities of two men who walked back and forth on a road across the entrance of Hagen’s workplace not far from his home.

newsinenglish.no staff