Park Won-soon: Mayor of Seoul found dead after going missing

(BBC) – Police in the South Korea’s capital Seoul have found the body of the city’s mayor after he went missing on Thursday.

Park Won-soon’s daughter reportedly told police he had left a message before leaving the house, leading her to raise the alarm.

His body was found at Mount Bugak in northern Seoul, near where his phone signal was last detected.

No cause of death has yet been released.

It has emerged that a female employee had filed a sexual harassment claim against Mr Park in the hours before he went missing, but there has been no confirmation that this was a factor.

South Korean policemen stand guard in front of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon"s residence in Seoul, South Korea, July 9, 2020.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionSouth Korean police stand guard in front of Mr Park residence in Seoul

He did not show up for work on Thursday, cancelling a meeting with a presidential official at his Seoul City Hall office, Kim Ji-hyeong, an official from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, told the Associated Press.

Police officer Lee Byeong-seok told reporters that Park was seen by a security camera at 10:53 near the entrance to the wooded area where the phone signal was last detected.

About 600 police and fire officers using drones and dogs searched the area for hours on Thursday.

Crowds gathered outside the Seoul National University hospital late on Thursday amid unconfirmed reports that Mr Park had been found and taken there.

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