Lawyer: Norway Tycoon Received Message About Missing Wife

Norwegian police distributed this undated handout picture on Jan. 9, 2019, of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the wife of the Norwegian billionaire Tom Hagen. Norwegian police say the missing wife of one of Norway’s richest men has been abducted, and that her suspected kidnappers have demanded a ransom of $10.3-million. (Norway Police via AP)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The lawyer for one of Norway’s richest men whose missing wife was allegedly abducted says they have received a message believed to come from those “in control of” her.

Lawyer Svein Holden says it was received Jan. 16, but “didn’t include a sign” that Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who has been missing since Oct. 31, is alive.

Holden said Thursday the message arrived digitally and was suited for two-way communication. He declined to give further details, and police declined to comment.

A note was found in the couple’s house, east of Oslo, describing what would happen to her if a demanded ransom wasn’t paid by husband Tom Hagen. Norwegian media have said the ransom was $10.3 million and was to be paid in cryptocurrency.

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