The mayor of South Korean capital Seoul has reportedly been found dead in a park.
A huge search had been launched for Mayor Park Won-soon after he left a heartbreaking message for his daughter.
According to news agency Yonhap, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency found his body at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul – close to where his phone signal was last detected during a late night search.
He was reported missing by his daughter yesterday.
Park, who had been mayor since 2011, had been tipped to be a future presidential candidate in the country’s 2022 elections.
He reportedly left a “will-like” voice message for his daughter before he vanished.
The city had been the epicentre of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, although social distancing measures have since been relaxed.
Hundreds of police losing drones had been involved in the search to find him.
His daughter reported him missing at 5.17pm yesterday, saying his phone was off and that he had left a message “like a will”, according to Yonhap news agency.
Park left the official residence at around 10.40am, having cancelled a policy meeting that was scheduled for this morning.
Park, who has been the mayor of Seoul since 2011, played a vocal role in the huge Candlelight Demonstrations that helped lead to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye in 2017.
As mayor of a city of nearly 10 million people, Park is one of the most influential politicians in the country and has played a high-profile role in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.