Park Won-soon,the mayor of South Korea’s capital Seoul has been found dead, hours after he was reported missing Thursday evening by his daughter,who told the police that her father had left “a will-like” message before leaving their home.
Nearly 600 police officers and firefighters, along with three rescue dogs, were deployed to search for the mayor,whose body was found in the city’s mountains seven hours into the operation.
Earlier search teams had scoured Waryong Park, where police say he was recorded on CCTV footage at 10:53 a.m. on Thursday.
His last cell phone signal was detected in the Seoul neighborhood of Seongbuk-gu, very close to his official residence in Jongno-gu, according to a police official with knowledge of the case.
A Seoul Metropolitan Government official,Kim Ji-hyeong, said Park had not shown up for work on Thursday for unspecified reasons and had cancelled everything on his schedule, including a meeting with a presidential official at his Seoul City Hall office.
Park a longtime civic activist and human rights lawyer, was elected as the mayor of Seoul in 2011 without any political ties or experience,and became the city’s first mayor to be voted into a third term in June 2019. He has been considered a potential presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.