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Seoul mayor found dead after daughter reports him missing

Body reportedly discovered near mountain behind presidential Blue House

Park Won-soon has been mayor of Seoul since 2011.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Park Won-soon, the mayor of South Korea's capital, has been found dead near a mountain north of the city in what police suspect may have been a suicide, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The mayor's body was found around midnight Thursday in an area behind the presidential Blue House, according to the Yonhap report, which cited police. He had been reported missing at about 5 p.m. by his daughter after leaving his official residence.

Reports had been circulating in South Korean media that police had received a sexual harassment complaint against Park from a former female member of his staff. Police were reportedly considering whether to question the mayor over the incident.

Park's daughter reportedly told police a note that appeared to be a will had been found after the mayor's disappearance.

About 700 police and fire department personnel were involved in the search for Park, whose mobile phone trail and other clues pointed to a park near the mountain.

First elected in 2011, the 64-year-old Park was serving his third term as mayor of Seoul and some had considered him a potential presidential candidate. He belonged to incumbent President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic Party.

A lawyer by profession, he served as attorney for a 1990s lawsuit on behalf of wartime comfort women.

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