The Norwegian police announced Tuesday the arrest of a wealthy businessman, whose wife has mysteriously vanished 18 months ago, a case full of twists and turns, which held the peaceful nordic country in suspense.
Housewife older then 68 years, Anne-Elisabeth Hagen had disappeared from his home in Lorenskog, in the east of Oslo, without a trace on October 31, 2018, the day of Halloween.
A ransom demand in cryptomonnaie with threats found on site, and sporadic contacts on a digital platform with the alleged kidnappers were first accredited the thesis of an abduction heinous.
But, in June 2019, the police change theory, believing now that it was probably a murder, make-up removal.
On Tuesday, it has arrested her husband, Tom Hagen, age 70, at the exit of his home.
The business man, 164th largest fortune of Norway, according to the magazine Kapital, is officially suspected of murder or complicity in murder”, said the commissioner Ida Melbo Oystese at a press conference.
According to his lawyer, he rejected the charges against him.
“He maintains very strongly that it has nothing to do with this,” said Svein Holden on the public broadcaster NRK.
The police has not provided evidence to substantiate its suspicions or motives, but she spoke of “a clear will and a deliberate blurring of the tracks”.
Grey areas remain regarding the exact role of Tom Hagen, the location of the body of his wife officially regarded as probably dead, or any possible accomplices, said the police.
According to Kapital, Tom Hagen weighs 1,90 billion Norwegian crowns (nearly 169 million euros), primarily due to its share of 70% in Elkraft, an electricity supplier which he co-founded in 1992.