Seoul mayor Park reported missing

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 10 Jul 2020

A massive police search was underway after the mayor of South Korea's capital, Seoul, was reported missing yesterday.

Park Won Soon left a message that his daughter described as sounding like a will, police said.

Police were looking for Park near a small hill in Seoul's Sungbuk neighborhood where his mobile phone signal was last detected.

His daughter called police and said her father left "a will-like'' verbal message before leaving their home about four or five hours earlier.

The daughter didn't explain the contents of the message, said an officer at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency who was responsible for the search operation.

About 300 to 400 officers and a drone were mobilized in the search.

Kim Ji Hyeong, a Seoul Metropolitan Government official, said Park had not shown up for work yesterday for unspecified reasons and had canceled all of his schedule.

The reason for Park's disappearance wasn't clear.

The Seoul-based SBS television network reported that one of Park's secretaries had lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday night over alleged sexual harassment such as unwanted physical contact that began in 2017.

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