Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon speaks during an event at Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, July 8, 2020.Picture copyright
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Park Gained-soon speaks throughout an occasion at Seoul Metropolis Corridor on Wednesday

Police within the South Korea’s capital Seoul have discovered the physique of town’s mayor after he went lacking on Thursday.

Park Gained-soon’s daughter reportedly informed police he had left a message earlier than leaving the home, main her to lift the alarm.

His physique was discovered at Mount Bugak in northern Seoul, close to the place his phone sign was final detected.

No reason behind demise has but been launched.

It has emerged that a feminine worker had filed a sexual harassment declare in opposition to Mr Park within the hours earlier than he went lacking, however there was no affirmation that this was an element.

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South Korean police stand guard in entrance of Mr Park residence in Seoul

He didn’t present up for work on Thursday, cancelling a gathering with a presidential official at his Seoul Metropolis Corridor workplace, Kim Ji-hyeong, an official from the Seoul Metropolitan Authorities, informed the Related Press.

Police officer Lee Byeong-seok informed reporters that Park was seen by a safety camera at 10:53 close to the doorway to the wooded space the place he phone sign was final detected.

About 600 police and hearth officers utilizing drones and canine searched the world for hours on Thursday.

Crowds gathered outdoors the Seoul Nationwide College hospital late on Thursday amid unconfirmed experiences that Mr Park had been discovered and brought there.

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Media and spectators gathered outdoors the Seoul Nationwide College hospital

Mr Park was elected mayor of Seoul in 2011 and elected to his third and ultimate time period in June of final 12 months.

As member of President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Occasion, Mr Park was reportedly into account as a possible presidential hopeful within the 2022 elections.

Along with his re-election final 12 months, Mr Park turned the primary mayor of town to start a 3rd time period. He had carried his historical past as a civic activist and human rights lawyer into his tenure as mayor, and was an outspoken critic of social inequality and corruption in South Korea.

As a lawyer, he was credited with securing the nation’s first sexual harassment conviction.

He clashed with the previous president, Park Geun-hye, overtly supporting tens of millions of people who protested in opposition to her in 2017 and 2017, earlier than she was finally charged and imprisoned, on bribery and different expenses.