Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has been found dead in northern Seoul on Friday, just a few hours after he was reported missing by his daughter on Thursday afternoon and a massive police operation was launched to find him.
Reports indicate his body was found in hills in northern Seoul, early on Friday.
«Around 17:17 pm on 9 July, we were reported that the mayor was missing. We searched for him for about seven hours. Around 00:01 am on July 10, we found him dead in the mountains in Seoul,» said the chief of the Seoul police in an interview near where the body was found.
He added that police are currently analysing security camera footage to trace the mayor's movements prior to his death.
On Wednesday, news reports said one of his secretaries filed a complaint with police over alleged sexual harassment that began in 2017.
Park, who was a longstanding mayor of the capital city, was also considered a leading contender in the country's next presidential elections in 2022, according to reports.