Late Seoul mayor was out­spo­ken lib­eral who eyed pres­i­dency

The Maui News - - Nation And World -

SEOUL, South Korea — Park Won-soon, the three-term mayor of South Korea’s cap­i­tal, a fierce critic of eco­nomic in­equal­ity who was seen as a po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 2022, was found dead early Fri­day. He was 64.

Po­lice said Park’s body was found near a restau­rant nes­tled in wooded hills stretch­ing across north­ern Seoul af­ter a more than sevenhour search in­volv­ing hun­dreds of po­lice of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers, drones and dogs.

They said there were no signs of foul play, but gave no fur­ther details on the cause of death.

The Seoul Metropoli­tan Govern­ment ear­lier said Park did not come to work on Thurs­day and had can­celed his sched­ule for the day.

His daugh­ter re­ported him miss­ing Thurs­day after­noon, say­ing he had given her a “will-like” ver­bal mes­sage and left home. He was last seen on se­cu­rity video en­ter­ing a park at the mouth of the hills late Thurs­day morn­ing.

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