Miss­ing mayor found dead af­ter po­lice hunt

Evening Times - - CITY CENTRE -

THE miss­ing mayor of South Korea’s cap­i­tal, who was re­port­edly em­broiled in sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, has been found dead. Park Won-soon’s body was dis­cov­ered af­ter he sent his daugh­ter a will-like mes­sage, po­lice said.

The 64-year-old’s re­mains were lo­cated near a restau­rant in wooded hills in north­ern Seoul, more than seven hours af­ter the search was launched.

Park’s daugh­ter called po­lice yes­ter­day after­noon and said her fa­ther had given her a “will-like” ver­bal mes­sage in the morn­ing be­fore leav­ing home.

She did not ex­plain the con­tents of the mes­sage, an of­fi­cer at the Seoul Metropoli­tan Po­lice Agency said.

Po­lice said they mo­bilised about 600 po­lice and fire of­fi­cers, drones and track­ing dogs to search for Park in the hills, where his mo­bile phone sig­nal was last de­tected.

They said the phone was turned off when they tried to call him.

Kim Ji-hyeong, a Seoul

Metropoli­tan Govern­ment of­fi­cial, said Park did not show up for work yes­ter­day for un­spec­i­fied rea­sons and had can­celled all of his sched­ule, in­clud­ing a meet­ing with a pres­i­den­tial of­fi­cial at his Seoul City Hall of­fice.

The Seoul-based SBS tele­vi­sion net­work re­ported one of Park’s sec­re­taries lodged a com­plaint with po­lice on Wed­nes­day night over al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment, such as un­wanted phys­i­cal con­tact, that be­gan in 2017. The SBS report said the sec­re­tary told po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors that an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of other fe­male em­ploy­ees at Seoul City Hall had suf­fered sim­i­lar sex­ual ha­rass­ment by Park.

The Seoul Metropoli­tan Po­lice Agency and Park’s of­fice said they could not con­firm the report.

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