Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead after he was reported missing. Park was in his third term as mayor of the South Korean capital. Video Elephant
More details emerged Friday about the death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, whose body was found late Thursday in wooded hills near the capital of South Korea after he was found missing.
Park, 64, a longtime civic activist and human rights lawyer before being elected mayor of Seoul in 2011, left a note saying “sorry to everyone”, according to South Korea. Yonhap News Agency, which is funded by the government.
The police found Park’s body near the last location transmitted by the cell phone, which had been turned off. His daughter set off the alarm for the police after he left what looked like a verbal “will” message before disappearing. Police said on Friday that there were no signs of foul play at the site, but declined to disclose the cause of Park’s death.
Missing mayor of Seoul: body found after search with 600 police and drones
The Seoul city government said that the note left by Park at his home said that he wanted to “thank everyone who was with me in my life”. He continued with a request that his remains be cremated and scattered over his parents’ graves.
A portrait of the late mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon is placed in a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, on July 10, 2020. (Photo: AP)
The mayor’s three-term body was found after a search involving more than 600 police and rescue workers, sniffer dogs and drones.
Park was the oldest mayor of Seoul and was known for his progressive policies on the environment and urban regeneration. A member of President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Party, he was considered a potential presidential candidate in 2022.
SBS television, a South Korean network, said on Thursday that one of Park’s secretaries had lodged a complaint with the police the night before he disappeared for alleged sexual harassment. The police confirmed that a complaint against Park had been filed, but cited privacy issues when refusing to elaborate, including on whether it was sexual behavior.
“Sad to hear of the death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon. My condolences to his family and the people of Seoul during this difficult period” US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris on Friday he tweeted.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon speaks during a press conference at Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, on July 8, 2020. (Photo: Cheon Jin-hwan, AP)
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