SEOUL: Missing Seoul mayor Park Won-soon – long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate – has been found dead, Yonhap news agency reported police as saying on Friday (Jul 10).
Park was reportedly facing allegations of sexual misconduct and his daughter reported him missing on Thursday, police said earlier, adding that he had left his house after saying what sounded like "last words".
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency found his body at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul, near where his phone signal was last detected during a late night search, Yonhap said.
Hundreds of South Korean police using drones and dogs searched for Park on Thursday after his daughter reported him missing at 5.17pm local time (4.17pm Singapore time).
Park left the official residence at around 10.40am, wearing a black hat and a backpack, having cancelled a policy meeting that was scheduled for Thursday morning, according to multiple local reports.
A police complaint – allegedly involving sexual assault – was filed against Park by a former Seoul City employee on Wednesday and local media said a television channel had been due to broadcast a programme on the previously unreported case on Thursday evening.