The mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul has been found dead,hours after he was reported missing and police launched a massive operation to find him.
Park Won-soon was reported missing by his daughter on Thursday evening, according to a police official with knowledge of the case. Nearly 600 police officers and firefighters, along with three rescue dogs, were deployed to search for the mayor.
Park’s body was found in the city’s mountains seven hours into the operation, Seoul police confirmed in a text message early Friday to journalists.
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, a police official with knowledge of the case said.
The 64-year-old longtime civic activist, who has been Seoul’s mayor since 2011, was seen as a likely hopeful for the liberals in the 2022 presidential elections.
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